Tawny (“taw-nee”) is an Australian fortified wine which has been aged in the barrel for many years at the time of its release. It is intended for immediate enjoyment. Tawny grows best in warm climates, and is primarily grown in Rutherglen, McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley, and the Riverland.
Tawny used to be known as Tawny Port, but now the name Port or Porto can only be given to wines that are made in Portugal. Tawny gets its name from its darker brown or tawny colour which is a result of the wines being in barrel for extended periods, which is a type of ageing called oxidative. Tawny can be described as being rich and powerful with a sweet luscious texture, and show aromas and flavours of dried fruits, 5 spice, leather, grilled nuts and caramel. Food pairings: Cheeses such as blue cheese and aged cheddar.