Wine Filter: Port

Sandeman Vau Vintage 2001

This is the Port that got a lot of us into Port. Vau Vintage was controversial when it was launched (in the 80’s) as it’s a ‘real’ Vintage Port but made in a fruitier, earlier drinking style. There’s the classic sweet opening, followed by raspberry and cherry and aromas of Dundee cake and spice. It’s also staggeringly good value. You can match it with puds too – one of the few wines to go with chocolate.

Taylors Port Vintage 1985

I stand by the assertion that you will find no better value ‘fine wine’ than vintage Port. Luscious, aromatic, complex and endlessly rewarding. It’s not ‘declared’ every year – only the good ones. And each is different. This is good to go now but will live on. 1985 was a fragrant year rather than a blockbuster with supple structure. Enjoy it on its own or with a world-class cheese board.