Kopke, the oldest Port wine house, has launched its 1996 Colheita Port into the UK via M&S online.

This is the first national listing in the UK for the premium Port brand, which is part of the Sogevinus group. Founded in 1638, Kopke is the world’s oldest Port wine house, and it sits alongside other premium Port brands in the Sogevinus portfolio such as Calem, Barros and Burmeister.

Sogevinus is also a leading producer of Colheita oak-aged Ports, considered to be one of the best expressions of the Tawny style.

The Kopke Colheita 1996 Port has been aged for two decades and then bottled at the peak of its maturation. The wine is deeply coloured with a bouquet of mulberries, candied peel, honey and roasted almonds; in the mouth it is full-bodied with a nutty finish.

Tania Branco Oliveira, communications director for Sogevinus, said: “Kopke is the jewel in crown for Sogevinus and we have been working actively to raise awareness of this brand in the UK. We hold the largest volume of Colheita Ports in the world, a style with great potential for the ready to drink category, which is now grabbing the attention of national retailers. We are proud to see this historic Portuguese brand available at M&S, a much-loved British retailer, just in time for Christmas.”

Dror Nativ, M&S’s Port buyer, said: “We are really excited to be able to offer customers this Colheita. Kopke are specialists in vintage Tawnies and we were impressed by the breadth of vintages they had to offer and the styles, which are both rich and nuanced at the same time. The 1996 stood out in particular for its delicious caramel and dried fruit flavours.”