A port for any storm

... and as an­other old say­ing has it, make sure you have a port in ev­ery girl ...

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - RESTAURANT + WINE - YVONNE LORKIN IS CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF TAST­ING OF­FI­CER OF WINEFRIEND.CO.NZ AND A WINE WRIT­ERS OF NZ MEM­BER.

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

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