20 Years Old Tawny port is a golden-colored tawny, denoting a wine of considerable age. Very nutty and aromatic on the nose, it is a wine that has reached a high degree of smoothness through many years in wood. While very mellow and concentrated on the palate, it shows plenty of fruit with a long, rich finish. This wine is notably sweeter than the 10-year-old Tawny, and much more concentrated, yet displays the characteristic Cockburn's style of freshness and grip.
The 20 Years Old Tawny is wonderful with rich cream-based desserts, such as crŤme brulee, cheesecake or flan. It also makes a special treat when served alone, slightly chilled, perhaps with almonds or pecans.
Older tawny ports are known as "indicated age." These wines carry an indication of the blendís age on the label, given in multiples of 10 years (Cockburnís 10 and 20 Years Old). Portuguese law allows for the age to be approximate.
Cockburnís 20 Years Old is blended from older, mature wines aged in cask and then refreshed by the addition of younger wines. The "indicated age" is the average age of the wines in the blend. These wines exhibit a silky smoothness from the cask aging and are ready to enjoy upon release. The constant blending and re-blending assures a consistent style.