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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

De Bortoli - Old Boys (21 year old)

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.

36 comments:

  1. hoe you had a good mothers day, i should buy a bottle :p

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  2. this looks like some fine wine... but i prefer beer :)

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  3. Mother's day was about a month ago here in the UK

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  4. port is grim but stonger than wine so a good choice if your out to get pissed

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  5. hahahahahha
    "a shame as they tend to cost more and evaporate quicker around me"
    Thanks for the glowing recommendation... I will check my local wine market for some this weekend.

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  6. Looks good, I'll have to try it

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  7. Thanks for the review, i should try it soon sometime tomorrow.

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  8. Sweet sweet alcohol, how I miss thee...

    That bottle looks awesome.

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  9. Sounds yum. I'll keep my eye out for it.

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  10. I'm not a wine guy, but makes my mouth drip anyway.

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  11. I was suppose to go out tonight- thanks for reminding me I need a drink

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  12. I'm not the biggest wine person but that sounds pretty good.

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  13. Robert Everard10 May 2011 at 21:59

    Thanks for the recommendation. I enjoy an aged tawny port. I'll look for a bottleof De Bortoli Old Boys (21 year old). Actually, I prefer a fine old vintage port. Typically it is lower alcohol and more sophisticated on the palate. If you're a smoker, a nice cigar goes well with vintage port. There are fine vintage ports made in Australia, especially South Australia (where I live). Unfortunately, vintage port drinking is dying out and consequently, not much stock appears on the market.

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  14. well now that youve reviewed it i gotta check it out!

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  15. Nice, will check out for the weekend maybe. I like your writing and the overall combination of booze and gaming :D

    cool post, bro

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  16. Not a wine guy, but love a good white or sparkling

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  17. Do you know if they export to the UK?

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  18. I'm more of a vodka/whiskey kind of guy, but I do make exceptions for exceptional wine... Might have to look this one up.

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  19. Im more of a vodka guy, but wine allways goes down ;)

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  20. Dang. Now I don't have to experience your years of looking for the greatest wine :D

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  21. Not much of a wine person, but that sounds pretty good. I bet she loved it.

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  22. Its a day here too, but most ignore it nowadays. I am lucky that my mom doesnt demand flowers and crap for that day :)

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  23. i haven't drunk in a year! :P

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  24. I'm not a wine connoisseur either, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a good bottle of wine!

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  25. I prefer beer to wine, but from time to time I like to drink semi-dry one ;)

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  26. Do the export this to the UK? You sell this well :D

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  27. aged wine... always expensive and usually worth it lol

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  28. i've never been a fan of red wine, except the kosher one (im not jew btw)

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  29. Nothing wrong with good ol' wine. I wonder if that notion about having a glass of wine a day for one's health is still considered true.

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  30. Hm I like these reviews, I never had any clues about such stuff but reading yours helps alot

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  31. I've never had a glass of wine like that, but the way you describe it makes me want to give it a shot.

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  32. RE: Oivvad - Do you know if they export to the UK?
    Yes they do, you can contact De Bortoli Wines UK to see which stockists are local to you (or try wine-searcher.com)

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