Judge Rock The Verdict Port 2018, Central Otago

Fortified Port Style from New Zealand - Otago
Review Date : 09-Jun-2020
Dark, bright, even ruby-red with a purple hue. The nose is modest with fragrances of blackberry jam, cooked plums, prunes and a lifted warmth of Christmas spices notes. The palate is sweet with balanced acidity; an amalgam of fruit nuances, blackberry jam, cooked plums and prunes forms a core of concentration; melded with dried violet, liquorice, spiced raisins and warming Christmas spices. Medium-bodied, the freshness of the acidity flows with good energy, contributed to lightness; the sweetness is not cloying. This is an appealing Ruby Port made from St Laurent, displaying an amalgam of cooked black fruit and charming spices, sweet but not cloying. Match with baked plum pie, blueberry tart and blue cheeses over the next 6-8 years. Fortified to 18% alc, aged 14 months in French oak barriques. 18/20pts June 2020 RRP $55

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