Honey – loads of honey coming out. Soft berries, verging on dry. –Warmed plum pudding emergest from the nose as well. Palate is bang on, drier flavours emerge, some spikes of alcohol and cherry skin then hazelnuts and leather. Good balance, nice earthy notes with some subtle sweet flavours. Fabulous. 90pts (November 2015)
A fancy bottle, looking very much like something that would normally contain whisky, a glass stopper, a little gold badge on the bottle and the iconic cloaked man on on the label. A lot of marketing money has gone into the Sandeman’s brand which, apart from the bulk made port you’d normally find in supermarkets, has been suspiciously absent in a lot of wine merchants in the UK.
Now that Liberty Wines has got the job of distributing it, Offley and a range of Sogrape’s wines, expect that to change, but is this highly stylised wine worth the £35 – £40 you’d expect to pay?
Dear God yes! It is a lovely wine with a multitude of dried fruit – raisins, prunes, candied peel, apricots – leaping out of the glass with a note of marzipan as well. A deliciously smooth palate, again those fruits, but with very well integrated alcohol, a noticeable sweetness, but with some cigar smoke on the finish and the tiniest bit of stewed rhubarb. This is a super 20 year old tawny and I’m sure I’ll revisit it again very soon. 92pts
Strawberry red core with a brick colour around the rim, and the wine has an orange marmalade aroma up front, polished wood with some cinnamon pastry. The palate has more dried fruit up front, then a lovely brandy flavour coming out. Very soft, with little prickles of alcohol coming through, it is a super wine that offers great value for money. 90pts (February 2017)
A cherry red coloured tawny port, with some slight orange hints on the rim. The nose has a cranberry, cherry menthol aroma with some slight spice hints. The palate is nicely balanced, with dried berries, dried leaves and the brandy note coming out quite a bit. Very little alcohol burn though. A really nice port. 89pts (February 2017)
A lovely clove and orange aroma, with light floral elements. The palate is balanced, the alcohol is well integrated with a spicy dried fruit coming through. There is a slightly burnt caramel and vanilla element on the palate too. 85pts (Nov 2009)
Nutmeg, and marmalade on the nose, but not very complex. The palate was a touch thin, with dried citrus peel and raisins. Saltier elements come flying through, and whilst it was nice, it really wasn’t that special. 81pts (Nov 2009)
Lots of polished wood, cherry and dried cranberries. A little honey comes off with some rosemary. The palate is soft, lovely with dried fruit, a little more polished wood, some dried fruit – prunes and raisins – and then a cinnamon and tobacco finish that is quite sweet. It really is a delicious port. 90pts (Dec 2011)
A lot of dark, liquorice aromas with some caramel and raisin. Cocoa and toffee and some lovely sweet tobacco. The palate is fat, globular and spicy. Very little balance and a lot of alcohol heat. There is a spice flavour there and the finish is sweet and clean but it is just lacking in any grace and is, really, a ‘bang for your bucks’ wine, and at a hundred pounds a bottle, that is a lot of bucks. 85pts (Dec 2011)
It looked more like a lighter ruby as there was still a lot of red in the colour, but it was quite transparent and looked more like an older vintage. The nose too had a lot of sweeter, juicier red berries, but there was a definite Tawny element. Some raisin elements, a lot of brown sugar and prunes came through. The palate was quite sweet, with a combination of brambles and prunes, blueberries and leather and then with a dried fruit soaked in rum flavour on the finish. It was very well balanced, with a lovely, long lasting finish. 87pts (May 2011)
Very savoury aroma, polished wood and with some delightful cinnamon and clove coming out. The palate is really elegant, noticeable wood coming off with some dark hints. Spice comes off too. Much more of a ‘mature’ style of port, more akin to a Colheita of a few more years than a 10 year tawny. 90pts (Dec 2016)