(2022) Suggested by Laithwaites as a good mixer for a long drink with tonic and a sprig of rosemary, this is a relatively unusual rosé Port, made by Alvaro van Zeller. Quite delicate rose-touched floral aromatics over berry fruits. There is good sweetness on the palate, a touch of creamy toffee, but the gentle bite of the spirit and very good acidity combine to give a refreshing finish. Would also do well with cheeses I think.
(2020) Great sipped with ice or made into a long drink with tonic and lemon. Tasted on its own, the mose is all about creamy orchard fruit and waxy citrus. Sweetness is full and the spirit gentle on the palate, nice texture and finishing with good acidity.
(2020) Pink Port is all strawberries and cream, hint of Parma violet and a touch of red liquorice. Full sweetness again, with the spirit sitting under the creamy summer berry flavours. An innovation from Croft a few years ago, works as a long drink/cocktail base too. Quite widely available, price for a 75cl bottle, but also comes in 50cl size.
(2020) This is just a touch weedy and less expressive compared to the singing Taylor's and Fonseca LBVs, not so charming for me. The palate is much better, crispness to the tannin and acid structure, the fruit dry with mouth-coating extract. Quite a big mouthful of robust Port in the end.
(2019) Unfined unfiltered, and George says it needs to be decanted off the sediment if three or more years old. More closed than the Reserve. Currants and cherries, nice floral and leafy characters emerging, some pepperiness and a nice long finish.
(2012) A blend of typical Port varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, this has a very youthful nose showing a bit of spirit and bold, juicy red fruits as well as small notes of tobacco and smokiness. On the palate it has medium sweetness, the ripe red berry fruit filling the mouth, with nutmeg spice, a hint of chocolate and some spirity heat warming the throat in the finish. Decent length, and a nicely done LBV Port with a bit of finesse.