A brown colour, but clear with aromas of raisin, cinnamon, chocolate caramels as well. The palate is dry, woody and with sultanas, burnt caramel and old honey. A dried papaya element comes through as well. A nice, graceful old port. 88pts (April 2017)
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)
So the floral aroma is still there, almost violets coming out of the glass, but there is then a backbone of earth, blackberry jam and mint. The palate is much more balanced, the earth and alcohol are still there but much softer. It is getting a bit more balanced and, I think, tomorrow will be when it is at its best. 88pts
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.
Bright aromas of lemon and, a slight hint, of home made lemonade with a touch of lime skin. The palate is very gentle, some honey notes, a little pepper and with some minerally notes. Some grapefruit pith emerges and there is a lovely long, citrus finish. 88pts (Dec 2011)
Classy aroma – some cherry and liqueur coming off. There is some smoke punching through but really gloved. Some thyme and oregano coming through. The palate is nice and balanced, some fresh berries and then chocolate and cherry stone coming off. A good savoury note emerging, classy tannin – very silky and the alcohol comes off. 88pts (Dec 2016)
Bramble and celery! Warm cinnamon buns, aniseed balls and damson jam. Heat on the front of the palate, then plum and charcoal flavours. Almost a little mint-choc-chip ice cream too. Strange but interesting. 88pts (Dec 2011)
So light with lots of herbs and cocoa. The palate is closed, sweet hints, light tannin… a bit soft really. 88pts (Nov 2010)
Lovely light fresh cassis, a bit of menthol and fresh cut mint. Cinnamon and cloves emerge with an inviting, fresh sweet aroma. The palate is thick fruit, well integrated alcohol and then stalky elements coming with leather and clove rock. Very tasty. 88pts (Nov 2010)
Lovely, soft, round fruit with toffee, chocolate and charcoal. Spice, herbs and a bit of alcohol burn. 88pts (Oct 2007)