A port for any storm
... and as another old saying has it, make sure you have a port in every girl ...
QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA LBV 2012 UNFILTERED $54.90 This late bottled vintage (LBV) is made from tinta roriz, touriga nacional, touriga francesca and tina cao grapes harvested in 2012. It then spent around five years in oak cask before being bottled without filtration (to preserve the fruit intensity). I love the crazy walnut and blackcurrant aromas that wash into a rich, seriously spicy, berry-driven mid palate and a marathon-like length of flavour. Sip with: black forest gateau. winecircle.co.nz
QUINTA DA ROMANEIRA 10-YEAR-OLD TAWNY PORT $64.90 Da Romaneira is one of the oldest quintas (wineproducers) in Portugal’s Douro Valley and this tawny is produced from a blend of old ports made from tinta roriz, touriga nacional, touriga franca and tinta barroca, that have an average age of 10 years before bottling. Russet-coloured, perfumed with caramelised raisin, roasted, nutty notes, dried fruit and mixed peel, it has a long, succulent, beautifully balanced finish. Sip with: cinnamon-dusted apple pie. winecircle.co.nz
MAZURAN’S VINTAGE PORT 1974 $P.O.A Mazuran’s, on West Auckland’s Lincoln Rd, has been crafting port wines since the early 1940s and still stocks has vintage ports dating back to 1942. Mazuran’s is the only New Zealand winery to distil its own grape brandy for fortifying wines, many of which are made using 79-year-old vines. Yes, 79! I purchased the pictured bottle back in 2007 for $95. It’s a crazy thing to be able to buy and drink something from your birth year. This port is dark, topaz-coloured, perfectly caramelised, nutty, luxuriously silky and creamy to drink. Sip with: Who cares? The port is the hero. mazurans.com Yvonne Lorkin