Portugal are through and as it’s cooled down a little I thought a glass of Port might hit the spot. Martinez 10 year old Tawny Port to be precise. As with all Tawny Ports it’s not actually 10 years old, it’s made from a blend of ports which have an approximate average age of 10.
It’s clear and bright and a wonderfully attractive salmon-amber colour with thick legs. It smells of fruit, redcurrants, raspberries and strawberries, with a surprising freshness given its age. There’s plums and dried fruits too, with a smoky spice hint. It has some very soft tannins. It has a medium-long finish and the alcohol is warming, but not overpowering.
It’s a well balanced, well made wine, with good fruit, well worth the £15 you’ll pay for a full bottle. I enjoyed it cool with a spot of cheese and fruitcake. Utterly heavenly.