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Oddbins Fortified Wine Selection

Psst, you. We can see you eyeing up the fortified wines; there’s no shame in it. Gone are the days where you find yourself tucked away in some hip underground bar drinking rubbish beer discussing your favourite 90s grunge album. Now you like nothing better than selecting a ridiculously smelly cheese from the local farmers market to go with a luscious bottle of Port. This strange new land of delicious flavours is called… adulthood. And it tastes good.

From intriguingly nutty dry Sherries to fig and honey-laden Tawny Ports and damson, blackcurrant and velvety chocolate Crusted Ports, there is a world of cheese-loving goodness waiting for you just below. In fact you could go crazy and forget the cheese – these beauties are good with everything from almonds to chocolate soufflés or nothing but a dressing gown.

You might find you need something to help tickle the old sweet tooth, in which case we have the unctuous, worryingly-tantalising Duke of Clarence Madeira, which is bursting with juicy flavours of toffee and nuttiness and would serve best being lightly drizzled over some lovely vanilla ice cream.

But just because you’re in adult and this is all very sophisticated and lovely, doesn’t mean you don’t want to experiment – how about mixing it up with Madeira Barbeito’s marmalade and cane sugar-flavoured – yet moreishly refreshing – Boal Reserva. Now turn Brahams up and pretend you’re a real adult.

Pick of the bunch...

  • Graham's LBV Port 2011

    £14.75

    £14.75

    Graham´s Late Bottled Vintage Port (LBV) is an excellent wine, hand selected from only the finest produce each year.
  • Tio Pepe En Rama 2017 - Half Bottle 375ml

    £9.50

    £9.50

    If you’ve tried Fino Sherry and are a fan of its dry, maritime charm, but you want to take it to the next level, then stop right here…
  • Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port

    £21.50

    £21.50

    A rich, luscious Tawny with flavours of dried and fresh figs, nuts, toffee and spices.
  • Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port 2004

    £32.00

    £32.00

    Smoother than George Clooney in a tuxedo, this is a very special Port at its optimum maturity.

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  1. Barbadillo Amontillado Spanish Sherry

    Barbadillo Amontillado Sherry NV

    £9.50

    £9.50

    'This porridge is too hot!'... 'This porridge is too cold!'... 'This porridge is just right.' So said Goldilocks, before being quite rightly evicted by three disgruntled homeowners...

    Luckily for them she hadn't found their bottle of Barbadillo Amontadillo Sherry! We can't imagine she would have been so quick to find faults with this ones deep amber colour, complex aromas and dried fruit flavours. Mmm...this sounds just right to us!
  2. Manzanilla Barbadillo

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Sherry

    £8.75

    £8.75

    Does anything recycle its own refuse quite as romantically as wine does? Crusted Port springs to mind, as does Muscadet Sur Lie, but Manzanilla Sherry takes the slightly salty biscuit.

    As it ages in oak, its light and tangy character is protected from oxidation by the natural formation of a layer of yeast called flor, which seals the surface of the wine and feeds on its compounds and alcohol.

    Oak ageing enables water to evaporate through the wood, maintaining the wine's alcoholic percentage, as well as its delicate body, tanginess and tapas-friendly salty tinge. Bloomin' 'eck, who'd have thought of that? That's what we call flor-ed genius!
  3. Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    Barbadillo Manzanilla Solear Sherry NV

    £6.25

    £6.25

    We have some riddles for you.

    "Voiceless it cries, wingless flutters; toothless it bites, mouthless mutters." What is it? The wind.

    "It's salty but pleasant, dry but refreshing, small but mighty." What is it? Solear Manzanilla by Antonio Barbadillo of course!

    Yes, don't be fooled by its size, there is a whole lotta dry, nutty, sea-salty goodness in this wee bottle. One to watch Almovodar films and pick at olives with.
  4. Barbadillo Pale Cream Fortified Wine Sherry

    Barbadillo Pale Cream Sherry

    £9.50

    £9.50

    With the light fluffiness of a cloud, combined with the delicate, mesmeric nuances of almonds and freshly baked baguettes, this is a little dream of a Sherry. Hints of coconut enter the gentle fray, from the American oak used in the Solera ageing casks.

    We're not trying to psychically drive you or anything (we've been watching too much pseudo-psychoanalytical TV, clearly), but were you to serve up a desert of homemade crème brülée, this would go really rather well.
  5. Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

    Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira 70cl

    £15.00

    £15.00

    We can thank the existence of this Portuguese sweetie to a very happy accident of history. Way back when, when merchants shipped their wares in wooden ships, the wine in the hold would often overheat, resulting in a delicious, caramelised wine.

    Winemakers have sought to recreate this effect by baking the wine ever since - and now Blandy's have perfected the technique. This Madeira, made with the more unusual Tinta Negra Mole, is toffeed, ripe and nutty Madeira, with ample sweetness and a clean, tart finish. A most serendipitous wine indeed.
  6. Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva Sherry 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    Bodegas Toro Albala Don PX Gran Reserva 1986 - Half Bottle 375ml

    £25.00

    £25.00

    We're trying to think of ways to describe this well-aged Pedro Ximenex that don't have us cooing and gushing like some over-excitable newlyweds. Darn it, we just can't help it: we are in love with this wine and we want the world to know!
    Here are some words we think of, as we gaze into the rich, dark depths in our glass: cocoa, liquorice, tobacco pouch, rosemary, black olives, Arabic coffee, vanilla and cinnamon. But how feeble words sound compared to the immeasurable depth of feeling in our hearts. We need to sit down.
  7. Churchill's Ten Years Old Tawny Port 50cl

    Churchill's 10 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £18.00

    £18.00

    If you're someone for whom Port is weighed down by a connotation of stuffy old institutions, bizarre ceremonies and old school ties, don't let a snob from your past prevent you from trying this outstanding wine; this port will change your mind. If you've never tried a tawny, plunge into the depths of the rich, nutty, smoky flavours that abound here and contemplate the life of a convert. This example is versatile enough to be chilled before serving and doubles up as either an excellent aperitif or after-dinner treat.
  8. Churchills 20yo Tawny Port

    Churchills 20 Year Old Tawny Port 500ml

    £27.00

    £27.00

    Port may traditionally be a festive treat but, trust us, if someone puts a pecan pie and a glass of Churchill's 20 year old Tawny Port under your nose, you should not hesitate. We're talking Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, whether you're mowing the lawn or doing Pilates on a hill top, you need to down tools, park your bum down and savour its toasty, warmly sweet yet pleasingly dry goodness right there. With the pie. Do not forget the pie.
  9. Croft 1994 Vintage Port Fortified

    Croft Vintage Port 1994

    £65.00

    £65.00

    We love Vintage Port here at Oddbins, it's like a spicy, dark fruit flavoured time capsule. Take a sip and you're transported through time and space to Croft Quintas in 1994. "Bloomin' old John Major, he's planning on privatising British Rail don't you know? O well, at least I can kick back and listen to Oasis' new album Definitely Maybe, they're going places these guys." Thankfully, this wine has more longevity than the Gallagher brothers' relationship and Major's political career combined; it's drinking great with rich flavours of jammy damson, leather, tobacco and sweet spice. In 20 years, what will this year's vintage remind us of, hopefully not Armageddon.
  10. Fonseca Bin 27 Finest Reserve Port

    Fonseca Bin 27 Finest Reserve NV

    £14.00

    £14.00

    This shopping malarky is getting ridiculous. I could be standing here for hours. But a decision needs to be made now. The shop's tasting notes say that Fonseca Bin 27 Finest Port is 'The best blended port you're gonna find today or ever.' Well, that's easy for them to say...

    Suddenly a lovely old lady sticks a bony elbow in my innards, shoves past and grabs a bottle. Then a spotty student also ducks in whilst exclaiming to his mate. 'That's totes dads fav'.

    I turn to start ranting about that bloody none existent word 'totes'. Before I open my mouth a bank robber politely steps past to buy a bottle with his new earnings. Turning around I find that my friend has already asked the staff and bought the same one.

    Bin 27 Finest Port. 'Come on J-dog. The staff here said they tasted it last night. Apparently, it's totes amazeballs dude'
  11. Fonseca Crusted Port NV

    Fonseca Crusted Port NV

    £18.00

    £18.00

    Fictional WW1 fighter pilot ace Biggles would have definitely favoured port. Especially this crusted port. It's a traditional, rare style of port blended from full bodied wines & aged in oak casks for four years.

    Its powerful dark berry and dried fruit flavours would have kept his tummy warm as he bravely traversed enemy territory in his sopwith camel aeroplane. The subtle eucalyptus finish would also comfort him as he hopped into bed, in his flannel pyjamas, after a good day thrashing Erich von Stalhein's forces.

    One things for sure, if Biggle was in a pickle. He'd have a bottle of this crusted port stowed away in his flying togs.
  12. Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old

    Gonzalez Byass Del Duque Amontillado Sherry 30 Year Old - Half Bottle 375ml

    £23.00

    £23.00

    Sometimes we really wonder how certain winemaking techniques were arrived at. Sherry making techniques in particular.

    After fortifying the wine to halt the alcoholic fermentation and keep it sweet (fair enough), someone must have then thought, 'what if we let it sit in a wooden tub for, maybe, five, no no... ten, sod it make that thirty years. Yup, then let's see what it tastes like then'.

    Well, these bonkers Andalusians, whoever they are, were obviously geniuses with much acumen, as this is precisely the way to produce moreish, almost umami-tasting Amontillado like this.

    The 30 years in American oak casks has transformed the humble Palomino grape into an unctuous, vanilla, cedar and fig-flavour bonanza of a Sherry. Three cheers for the vinous vanguard!
  13. Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    Gonzalez Byass Elegante Fino Dry Sherry

    £6.99

    £6.99

    For a desperately long time Sherry has been the kid sitting alone in the canteen, pairing his corn beef sarnies with a good root up his nose, radiating a forcefield of uncool. Thanks Nan, you ruined Sherry for the rest of us! Or did she? Over the summer that kid has grown 12 inches, had his braces off and his voice has got deep and sexy. Go on son! Sherry's back, rolling out of cocktail and tapas bars alike; be sure that the cool kids are sipping on a chilled Fino... as well as your awesome Nanna. Good lord, drinking fortified wine's a rollercoaster.
  14. Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847, Oloroso Dulce

    Gonzalez Byass Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry

    £13.75

    £13.75

    'I'm rich. Rich rich rich,' sung Karen O in The Yeah Yeah Yeah's track 'Rich', from their brilliant 2003 debut album, Fever to Tell. But was Karen sanguinely singing about her financial status, or had she penned lyrics from the perspective of the Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce?

    We'll leave that question to you, but what we will say is she must have had a very enjoyable time writing the song, because the Solera 1847 is awash with flavours of raisins, vanilla and salty caramel. Let's just hope she had some good cheese, for Pete's sake.
  15. Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco

    Gonzalez Byass Vina AB Amontillado Seco Sherry

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Rather brilliantly, Antonio Flores, the Master Blender at Gonzales Byass since 1980, was conceived in the room above the Tio Pepe cellar in Jerez.

    A very young Amontillado that has experienced both biological and oxidative ageing. Dry on the palate and there are also hints of the oak with a salty finish.
  16. La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Blanc 37.5cl

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Blanc - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Straddling the confluence of floral and herby and dry and sweet, La Quintinye is like a romantic bridge that's perfect for strolling across at dusk.

    Alter Ego: Ray Davies; It's definitely Kinky (not like THAT... mind in the gutter, you lot) and it is just perfect for watching a Waterloo Sunset. Even when it' a touch sweet, it still retains an attractive dryness and earthy, poetic quality.
  17. La-Quint-Dry

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Extra Dry - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    A curious, fragrant blend of the French 'vin de liquer', Pineau de Charentes, white wine and botanicals, there ain't much that's similar to La Quintinye Extra Dry.

    Alter Ego: David Byrne; totally idiosyncratic that sings pretty, dry melodies over a crunchy, firm beat. Certainly no Talking Head, this is one cocktail party staple that should always Remain in Light.
  18. La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Rouge 375ml

    La Quintinye Royal Vermouth Royal Rouge - Half Bottle 375ml

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Whoosh! You hear that? That was the sound of ten thousand cherries, prunes and aniseed all splashing down into a mountain lake. That's not actually how they make La Quintinye Red, but it might as well be.

    Alter Ego: Carmen Miranda; this is one fruity beauty, with enough ripe flavours to send you salsa-ing your way all the way to the cocktail cabinet/shelf. Shake that thing.
  19. Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' 37.5cl

    Lustau Manzanilla 'Papirusa' Sherry NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Now £9.00

    Was £10.00

    £9.00

    Turbid the Crap Viking and his men were lost. Despite the GPS, his longship bumped into the coast of Britain. They parked their boat near the closest wine shop and attacked.

    The staff distracted the thirsty marauders with a beautifully dry sherry that was apple scented yet also reminded them of the salty sea air.

    The manager informed them it was called Manzanilla. They were so amazed by this stunning drink that they decided to give up vikingry, helped restock the shelves on Wednesdays and intimidate people with their new found knowledge of fine sherries.

    Thus their not -so-scary leader became known as Turbid The Vineking for evermore.
  20. Lustau Moscatel Emilin NV 37.5cl

    Lustau Moscatel Emilin Sherry NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Now £10.50

    Was £11.50

    £10.50

    Sherry is now out of the dusty cupboard and prancing around in trendy bars again (...can you use trendy as a current description of what's upmarket now?). Anyway, don't let all the cool cats in London have all the fun. Sherry is groovy. Sherry is 'with it'. Sherry...ah balls to these on trend terms. Burn the berets. Sherry is simply GREAT.

    This wine is a rare Moscatel version. It has a similar sweetness to the rich PX but is pale in colour. It's sweet dried fruit notes are balanced by citrus and floral flavours. And we sell it. Because we are the coolest, hippest wine shops in town!
  21. Madeira Barbeito Boal Reserva

    Madeira Barbeito Boal Reserva

    £15.00

    £15.00

    Just as you (probably) wouldn't choose to watch a saccharin sweet rom-com packed to the rafters with needy American teenagers who really should just count their blessings, but nor would you (probably) want to watch a four-part documentary on paint drying, you don't want your Madeira to be cloying, and you don't want it to be too dry.

    Vinhos Barbeito are experts at striking this balance and this marmalade and cane sugar-flavoured - yet moreishly refreshing - Madeira Boal is testament to that.
  22. Madeira Barbeito Malvasia Reserva

    Madeira Barbeito Malvasia Reserva

    £15.00

    £15.00

    The ethos of Ricardo Diogo, the winemaker at Vinhos Barbeito, is that 'small is beautiful'. We think he is absolutely right. Take Ronnie Corbett. OK maybe 'beautiful' isn't quite the word, but he certainly knows how to make the most of what he has: Ronnie Barker's line "I look up to him [John Cleese] because he is upper class, but I look down on him [Corbett] because he is lower class", followed with Corbett saying: "I know my place", wouldn't really be the same if Corbett was of an average height. So 'be small and proud', we cry!
  23. Martini Bianco Vermouth

    Martini Bianco

    £10.25

    £10.25

    Martini Bianco is the Queen of Vermouth. In the past it has been referred to as Bianchissimo, meaning 'whitest' in Italian, and its soft vanilla notes have become instantly recognisable on lips over the years. Bianco has a unique wine base of white wines such as Trebbiano, gracing the vermouth with aromatic herbs and flowers.
  24. Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Vidal-Fleury 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml French Fortified Wine

    Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Vidal-Fleury 2014 - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £12.75

    £12.75

    Muscat Blanc Petits Grains is a sneaky little grape. Although it's technically a white grape, some vines will produce berries that are a pink or reddish brown colour. A single vine has the potential to produce fruit of one colour one year, and a different colour the following year.

    This tiny chameleon fruit tends to stick to its true colours in the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise region in the Rhône, where it is the primary variety grown. Here, the berries are used to make deliciously sweet and fresh wines like this one from Vidal-fleury with an abundance of fruit and honey aromas and flavours.
  25. Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

    Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Right! Grow up! Stop sniggering like a schoolchild because you've seen the word prat. It isn't prat, because it's French. So it's praaaaah. See? Besides, titter as you might, this vermouth is very far from prattish in any sense of the word. A 'prat', the Oxford English Dictionary would have it, is 'an incompetent or stupid person; an idiot.'*

    So how could the word 'prat' be associated with an aromatised wine this good, based on Picpoul and Clairette grapes, and infused among other things with Roman Chamomile, Nutmeg from Indonesia and Bitter Orange from Tunisia? Yeah. And Gentian from France. Who's the prat now?

    *'Prat' also means 'a person's buttocks.' I bet you didn't know that.
  26. Offley Ruby Port NV

    Offley Ruby Port NV

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Offley Ruby Port has an attractive and well defined red-ruby hue and lively aroma reminiscent of red fruit with some more complex notes arising from its ageing in oak wood. In the mouth, it has a fine balance between sweetness and mature tannins, it is well structured and it has a long finish. Its elegance and liveness make it the ideal option for those who enjoy young and accessible Porto wines.
  27. Offley Tawny Port NV Fortified Wine

    Offley Tawny Port NV

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Tawny. In the avian world, it refers to a beautiful, golden-coloured owl that is, in fact highly territorial and non-migratory.

    Offley Tawny Port is an elegant fortified wine, offering mature and fresh flavours with a classic style. A typical drink that combines modern techniques with years of experience.
  28. Pellegrino Marsala Superiore Garibaldi Dolce NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    Pellegrino Marsala Superiore Garibaldi Dolce NV - Half Bottle 375ml

    £7.50

    £7.50

    Marsala is really a wonderful thing. Made in the area around the ancient coastal town of the same name on the far west coast of Sicily, it smacks of Italian sunshine. Indeed, if you've used up all your leave this year, this could make a fine replacement for a vacanza Italiana. With figs, prunes and mesmeric caramel depths from its two years in oak barrels, this is a real delight and, at a bargainous £6.50, it is so much cheaper than a holiday.
  29. Quinta Do Noval 10 YO Tawny Port NV

    Quinta Do Noval 10 YO Tawny Port NV

    £24.00

    £24.00

    Drinking port can be like opening up those tradional, wooden russian dolls. As you open each doll you reveal another one, another style of port. The first one is like trying basic ruby port-ok not bad, then the next you discover LBV port- which is much better.

    After some generous soul gives you a glass of single vintage port-it's brilliant and you think you have hit the last doll. But then you discover there is one more. The last one.

    A fine tawny port. Silky butterscotch, dried fruits and nutty flavours- completely new flavours compared to the previous ones. You really can't get any further than that.
  30. Quinta Do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013

    Quinta Do Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013

    £59.00

    £59.00

    Quinta Vesuvio Vintage Port 2013 is not a wine that treads carefully. In fact it's made initially by vineyard workers stomping on the grapes to village music. (The song YMCA naturally). The world would be a happier, less stressed place if we could all help make this wine.

    Imagine coming home after a horrible day and declaring 'Right, I'm out back to the shed for a good bit of grape galumphing!' Not only is this anger managment. It'd be assisting in the production of one of the best ports in the world. So if you haven't tried Quinta Vesuvio , get yourself a bottle. We guarantee you'll lava it.
  31. Sandeman LBV

    Sandeman LBV Port 2011

    £16.75

    £16.75

    Quandries over the many LBV Ports on the market will no doubt leave you needing a glass of...well, LBV Port. But be assured that Sandeman's version is no flash in the pan, no fair-weather friend, oh no... These guys have been going for more than 200 years and, in 1805, became the first Port company to brand a cask with an iron brand, giving the wine a guarantee of quality. That quality has continued through the ages and is manifest in this surprisingly bright, red and blackcurrant knock-out Late Bottled Vintage Port.
  32. Sandeman Vau Vintage 1999

    Sandeman Vau Vintage 1999

    £26.50

    £26.50

    One in a long list of alternative Port styles that offer those who can't wait, or can't afford, the chance to sample a piece of something special.

    This is considered Sandeman's second label in a declared vintage year, and unlike their straight-up vintage, this in-between Port style can be enjoyed now or after ageing. Rich, juicy, intense and sweet, if you're looking for a memorable Port for a memorable evening, we can certainly Vau-ch for this!
  33. Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    Stanton and Killeen Rutherglen Muscat NV - Half Bottle - 375ml

    £14.00

    £14.00

    You are what you eat, so the saying goes. And this is manifestly true in Stanton and Killeen's achingly delicious Rutherglen Muscat.

    What does the wine 'eat'? It eats up the hot Australian sun, the time-honoured techniques maintained by this family-run winery and it gobbles up the love they put into it. The result? A raisin-rich, nutty, orange blossom and lavender-flavoured amber nectar.
  34. Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla NV

    Williams and Humbert Alegria Manzanilla Sherry NV

    £5.50

    £5.50

    ***2013 IWC Gold, 2013 IWC Trophy, 2013 IWSC Silver, 2013 Decanter Bronze***
    Paola Medina Sheldon. The name might not sit at the front of your mind, although we're not sure if she's ever surfaced from her studies long enough to introduce herself.

    She's the Head Winemaker at Williams and Humbert, a post she took up after obtaining separate degrees in Chemistry and Oenology, and Masters' degrees in Viticulture, Oenology and Legislation. Blimey, our Woodwork 'O' Level certificate can come off the wall now!

    We think she's just about qualified to make this elegant, nutty and salt-tinged Manzanilla. And she'd more than likely be able to take you to the cleaners if you disagreed.

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