Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port, 2012

BOTTLED 2016

Warm jammy brambles with some chocolate and chilli pepper aromas (strangely) and some fresh cherry on the nose. The palate has a nice spice up front, a lot of tannin – soft, but very firm – and then the alcohol I remember from Niepoort’s LBV comes out. A lot of savoury flavours on the end, with a warm spice coming out. Nice. 88pts (February 2017)

The Liberator, Episode 9 ‘The Bishop of Norwich’, 2012

Richard Kelley is mad on South African wine. He knows more about it than anyone I’ve ever met and has set up a successful importing business specialising in wines from the Cape. His ‘brand’ The Liberator ‘liberates’ great wines from larger producers and bottles them on their own rather than these tasty wines being blended away into volume plonk.

Episode 9, The Bishop of Norwich 2012, is his first venture into a Port style wine. Made by Muratie in Stellenbosch, it is a very tasty homage to the old world. With aromas of blackberries, cherry menthol and mint, the palate has a dryness which is nice, spiced fruit cake, ginger and then a parsley like herbal note, all the while coated in cherry and blueberry compote. 88pts.