This weekend it was Mother’s Day here in Australia (Sunday 8th) I don’t know if this is an international event but here in Australia we celebrate how great our mothers are by making them breakfast in bed and getting together as a family, giving gifts etc. Anyway I decided to get my mum a nice bottle of sparkling red, Sir James sparkling shiraz to be precise. It was quite a nice wine but I’m not really one for sparkling or champagne, but that’s not what I’m posting about today. In order to secure this bottle I went to a decent bottle-o that I knew stocked a good range of wine rather than my local LiquorLand. And While I was there I noticed their range of tawny ports was phenomenal, even though I only went there to pick up a bottle for my mum I walked out with a $50 bottle of port for myself as well.
The bottle I selected for myself was a bottle of De Bortoli Old Boys. I was sold on this bottle once I read it was De Bortoli, tawny port aged for 21 years. The price tag wasn’t exactly ideal but I felt safe in purchasing it as I know De Bortoli are great wine makers and expensive port is typically good. I was certainly not let down, I waited until I got home from work the next day and uncorked this beauty and I’ve got to say everything about it was excellent. I’m no connoisseur and I’m not going to act like a pretentious wanker like most wine critics do. But this port tasted nice and fruity, the flavour was very deep and it was incredibly smooth. The aroma was absolutely divine, I could smell this port for the rest of my life and never get sick of it. I enjoyed if with a few cigarettes, Port Royal rollies which are coincidentally mellowed with rum and wine, the perfect complement for this kind of drink, and before I knew it I had blown through half this bottle of exceptional port. I know, I know; I’m a pig. I just can’t help myself especially with the nicer alcohols, which is a shame as they tend to cost more and evaporate quicker around me.
But to sum up; this is a truly excellent drink, it smells amazing, tastes even better and is smooth as. I’m sorry if I lack the wine connoisseur talk but let me put it this way, I’ve drunk a lot of great port and a lot of shit port. This is the best port I have tried to date, I highly recommend it to anybody who can get their hands on it.