Transparent centre to the wine, in contrast to the Symington wines. Fragrant nose with generous sweet fruit. A wine which is poised on entry, with intense black licorice dominating the huge levels of acidity and a wonderful underlying cedar wood essence. The fruit overwhelms the tannins, but there are there lurking in ghostly form. The palate has a great elegance to it. A hint of strawberries on the aftertaste, then a long black licorice and purple blackcurrant finish of amazing length. This is very fine port with sweet fruit wrapped together in a manner which makes this port glorious and elegant - and oh so refined! 93-95.
Tasted 12 September 2018.
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- Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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