Marks & Spencer
Four miniatures hastily converted into a basic gift set - not the most lavish of presents, and not especially generous portions either.
But it's only £10 and the wines themselves are not bad at all, so at least the money's gone on the right stuff:
Tawny Reserve Port by far the most interesting wine here; translucent brick red with red fruits, spice, pepper and aromatic eucalyptus. Mellow, complex palate - precise and powerful yet deft and fresh, a real class act.
2009 Late Bottled Vintage Port dark purple, with a powerful and complex nose; lots of sweet red and dark berry fruit, pepperiness, freshness and spice. Ripe and assertive yet assured.
Finest Reserve Port ripe fruits, eucalyptus and pepper; sweet yet fresh - classic port profile.
Fine Ruby Port
theoretically the most basic style here, but this is balanced, adept and quite sophisticated. Nothing basic here at all.
£10 from Marks & Spencer; provided for review.
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