Wednesday, 1 February 2017
Three Bottles Of Madeira & One Port
These were tasted at our last monthly tasting group get together in December 2016. Thanks Håkan for the line up!
All tasted double blind.
Bual 15 Years Old, Henriques & Henriques
A deep, fairly sweet, mature nose with notes of furniture polish, dry nuts, liquorice and band aid. A bit cheesy from time to time. Good though. A fine depth.
The taste is big and warm with notes of figs in liquor, fried nuts, old chocolate and tar. The finish is a tad fiery. Good but lacks some balance.
85p (tasted 2016/12)
2000 Boal, Henriques & Henriques
This Single Harvest Boal (note the difference between the spelling of the 15 year and this - Bual and Boal) sports a tight, focused nose with notes of dried orange peel, wet ash, old leather gloves and some interesting dog fur scents. Very complex and fine. Deep.
The taste is big and intense with notes of salmiak, candied orange peel, figs and sugared tea. A very, very long finish with a fine acidity. Very, very good.
89p (tasted 2016/12)
Terrantez 20 Years Old, Henriques & Henriques
A intense, deep, handsome nose with notes of pickled ginger, ash, candied orange peel, band aid and salt liquorice. Very complex and fine. High and pure. Some Indian spices after a while. Really fine.
The taste is concentrated, tight and pure with notes of dry figs, fried nuts, band aid and orange peels. The finish goes on for minutes with a searing, lovely acidity. Great wine. A must buy.
94p (tasted 2016/12)
1979 Colheita Port, Kopke
A mature, tight, almost compact nose with notes of figs, raspberry liquorice, hazelnut cream and chocolate. A fine sweetness. Very, very good.
The taste is big, concentrated and warm with notes of stale nuts, liquorice, glue and chocolate covered blueberries. A very long, warm finish. A fine structure. Really good.
90p (tasted 2016/12)