2016 The Liberator Episode 9 Revisited

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2016 The Liberator Episode 9 Revisited

Post by AHB » 21:07 Sat 20 Oct 2018

This is a Calitzdorp (South Africa) based Cape Vintage wine from Boplaas, fortified to 18%. See this link for more details.

Hints of magenta on the rim; looking to be in late babyhood. Herbs and fruit on the nose; fresh fruit that is sweet and ripe. Amazingly light and spritely on the palate with sweet black currant and a lovely acidity. Tannins are very smooth. The flavours are wonderfully persistent on the aftertaste and finish with the black currant merging into a strawberry finish that is kept fresh and lively by the acidity. Great length. A wonderful fresh alternative to Port. 90/100. Drunk 20-Oct-18.

Available @ £19 from Bin Two in Padstow, Cornwall.
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: 2016 The Liberator Episode 9 Revisited

Post by DaveRL » 12:40 Sun 22 Dec 2019

My Mother-in-Law has just given me a bottle of this for Christmas. Her local independent wine shop (Beverley) suggested it as they thought I would likely have tried most of their Ports. Having read your tasting note I'm even more intrigued. I'm inclined to keep it at least a few years before opening, or do you think it better to drink sooner rather than later?

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Re: 2016 The Liberator Episode 9 Revisited

Post by AHB » 15:55 Thu 26 Dec 2019

Boplaas make excellent fortified wines from grape varieties also grown in the Douro. I'd put this particular offering on a par with a really good ruby, like the Port Society's Finest Reserve — a fortified wine which will reward a decade of patience, but which will probably not really change much for the decade after that.
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: 2016 The Liberator Episode 9 Revisited

Post by DaveRL » 02:12 Sat 28 Dec 2019

Thanks. Most helpful. I'll wait a little then, bit not too long. :)

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