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Port-styled Wine

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.

2008 Muratie Cape Vintage 19.5%

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

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  • There are some lovely red wines in Europe dating back to Roman times like Aleatico de Puglia, and weird wines like PANTELLERIA from a volcanic island near Italy

    Banyuls, Collioure and Maury, from the Catalan corner of France are great solutions to the chocolate pudding dilemna but appear as chilled aperitifs in their region.

    A cute little strawberry-tasting wine of about 5% is grown in Piedmont,called Birbet. We had one from Malvira that survived many years of neglect under the sink and yet tasted lovely after chilling, and disappeared in two sessions.

    I would say be brave and take the plunge on a bottle if you see such things in shops run by wine enthusiastsin the US of A.

    Dec 15, 2011 at 5:55 AM

  • nice one

    Sep 24, 2013 at 9:30 AM

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