While port is from Portugal, there is no shortage of port-styled wines in the world. I’ve had excellent examples from Australia, California and South Africa, where today’s outlier comes from. Definitely a different take on the port style, it’s worth tasting the full range on offer to gain perspective into what makes true port wine so unique.
Rather beefy on the nose, with notes of mushroom, licorice, sage and mint accenting the cherry cordial fruit that shows nice mace and cinnamon top notes. This is sweet and soft in the mouth, with a lovely balance of intense, licorice-tinged black cherry liqueur, dried strawberries and a soft, mouth-filling texture. There’s some nice chocolate that pops on the back end, and the finish is gently spicy if a bit short. Complex and ready, this is dark and sleek. 89pts