Double decanted for 24 hours
Paling colour, thin on the rim and showing signs of maturity. Alcohol dominates the nose, underneath I can pick up stewed rhubarb and cooked tomato. A slightly sharp entry, a little unbalanced but the fruit develops in the mid-palate with the wine blossoming beautifully into a full mouthfeel with a lovely balance. A long redcurrant syrup aftertaste that starts immediately after swallowing and lasts a long time. This port is close to the average of what I would hope to drink this year, let down only by the unbalanced initial entry, but is not likely to change significantly over the next 10 years so I rate it 5/5 or 88/100.
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