(2014) Bottled in a ship's decanter, so ready to grace the table immediately, this has a rich tawny colour and a pungent, powerful nose, the walnut and shellac, old polished wood character is authentic and lovely with raisin and coffee intensity and plenty of layered complexity. The palate has a lovely cut of Seville orange bittersweetness, scything through the toffee and mocha of the palate, with very good acidity and the soft brown sugar depth delightful. Balanced, serious and very fine.
(2012) There is a lot of sediment in this 31-year-old Port, so make sure you decant it well before serving, ideally strained through muslin - or indeed an unbleached coffee filter paper. The effort will be worth it because the aromas from this old wine are immediately beguiling, with chocolate and deep, prune and date compote notes, hints of anise and other spices and touches of smoky, swirling tobacco. In the mouth it has full sweetness, the spirit nicely balanced by ripe, creamy red fruits, more of that chocolate character and fig, date and raisin intensity. A lovely wine with a long, long finish.
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