2011 CLASSIC COLLECTION TAYLOR, CROFT, FONSECA, Lea & Sandeman

2011 CLASSIC COLLECTION TAYLOR, CROFT, FONSECA

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For the indecisive, or the merely curious, a mixed pack of three bottles of the top wines of the 2011 vintage from the Fladgate Partnership. Contains one bottle each of Taylor, Croft and Fonseca. L&S
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FONSECA: 2011 is typically more forthcoming on the nose compared to the bashful Croft: a strident bouquet with lifted scents of freshly picked blackberries, kirsch, crushed stone and a dash of Hoi Sin and oyster sauce. It is very well-defined, very focused and direct. The palate is silky smooth with not a rough edge in sight, though not a typically voluptuous Fonseca because of the keen thread of acidity and the structure that lends this mighty Port wonderful backbone. A slight viscosity on the finish lacquers the tongue and indicates a core of sweet fruit is ticking away underneath that will surely explode several years after bottling. A tincture of salted licorice on the aftertaste is very attractive. This will turn out to become an outstanding Fonseca, the growing season taming its exuberance with spectacular results. So much potential, but just 6,000 cases were produced Rating: 97-99 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jun 2013) TAYLOR: This is restrained. well mannered, discreet, keeps its powder very dry. But on the palate it opens out in the most superb, burgundian peacock's tail sort of way. Another wonderful wine from The Fladgate Partnership. Utterly different from the Fonseca. Upright and straight backed. But irreproachable. My gums are virtually impervious to sugar and acid but this wine set them vibrating a bit. Dried prunes ground up with rocks. 2040 - 2080. Rating: 19.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2013)
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2011 CROFT

Vintage Port  Port  Portugal

Sweet rich dark fruit on nose gives velvet-soft impression. Palate has good richness and a nice bright edge to the flavour. A little looser-textured with...

1 x 75cl bottles

2011 TAYLOR

Vintage Port  Port  Portugal

Fab. Scented, authoritative, intense, richly tannic but fabulously mineral and concentrated. Very, very long. Very tightly wound and clearly for the long...

1 x 75cl bottles

2011 FONSECA

Vintage Port  Port  Portugal

Expansive, heady nose is followed by finely harmonious purple and black fruit notes, lively and round at the same time. Sleek feel, with the intensity...

1 x 75cl bottles