Nov 6, 2014

Is there good Port anywhere apart from the Douro valley?


I am an aficinado of Portwine. This sweet, fortified wine from the lovely Douro River in Portugal got me when I first tasted it.

A bottle of Portwine style wine from the Allesverloren estate in South Africa
Allesverloren Vintage wine in Portwine style
Well, this one seems to be a candidate. It's the 2009 Fine old Vintage of the Allesverloren Estate in Swartland, SA. Interestingly it's made from the traditional grape varieties of the original Portwine, Tinta Barocca, Souzao, Pontac and a blend of Malvasia Rey, Tinta Roritz, Tinta Francisca and Touriga Nacional.

To be honest, I was allured by the name "Allesverloren" which is German for "all is lost". Obviously the estate was facing some bad times somewhen in the past, but nowadays their wines are definetly a bargain.

Nothing is lost with this wine, just the ashes of the cigar are.