Tasted after the Warre and this does initially seem more straightforward on the nose - young and bright fruit. Gracefully perfumed, pure fresh-fruited and lifted aromatics. On the palate this has more impact and is good and full-on, with nice sweetness. Some barley too, some crushed dates. Finishing with a kick of warm spiced heat. L&S (May 2019)
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Packed with creamed blueberry, açaí berry and boysenberry fruit and carried by waves of velvety structure and warm fruitcake notes, this is showy in style, featuring an embedded graphite spine, alluring spice details and a flash of floral nuance through the finish, imparting superior range and length. Drinking range: 2032 - 2050 Rating: 96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator (Oct 2019)
The 2017 Cockburn’s Vintage Port, picked from August 28, comes mainly from Quinta dos Canais (74% of the blend.) It sports an iridescent purple hue. It has an irresistible nose with black plum, raisin, vanilla and blackcurrant, super-concentrated but managing to maintain superb delineation. The palate is medium-bodied and full of tension. I must admit to being shocked how tense and agile this Cockburn’s is showing. It is a live-wire young Port, brimming over with energy and bridle and with an almost citrus-fresh finish that leaves the mouth tingling. The name might be synonymous with the more commercial end of Port, however, recent vintages testify a fortified wine that should be taken very seriously. Superb. Total production is 2,500 cases. Drinking range: 2030 - 2070 Rating: 95 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Jun 2019)
Black core with narrow purple rim. Much more stony and mineral first impression compared with the Dow's and Warre's but no lack of that wild black fruit and, as it opens, the floral character that was so strong on the Stone Terraces. Even with the floral notes this is more sober and savoury on the nose with a rich dark-fruit intensity on the palate. Power and immense length emerge underneath that black, black fruit. Lots of pepper and spice on the finish. Tannins are dense and spicy but polished – lovely texture. Drinking range: 2027 - 2057 Rating: 17.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Jun 2019)
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