This port is described as having an “opulent nose, full of ripe fat cherry and damson fruit. Great mouth filling wine with lots of rounded ripe fruit flavours of plum and strawberry jam. Lovely soft velvety texture. Harmonious and stylish.”
Some say there are liquorice notes in here too with spicy flavours such as cinnamon.
From 1998, which was notoriously a good year for grapes. A cold spring followed with temperatures just above freezing in mid -April, followed by a warm May, a dry, hot summer, with temperatures exceeding 40 º C during the first two weeks of August, was followed by daily showers during the harvest in September.
Although it started well, the rain during harvest caused dilution of the fermenting musts and a corresponding reduction in the power of the final wines. Hopes were dampened and the overall yield turned out to be the lowest of the decade – so this is a rare chance to grab a bottle of 1998