World wines that have got 4,5 NJP
Dalva, 20 Year Old Tawny Port, white sweet blend wine, Porto, Portugal, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (02-02-2016 by Kristof Gillese)
A mature port, a contemplative wine. This is the yardstick by which port lovers begin to measure other fortified wines; nuanced aromas so clear and well-defined that they stand as single notes hanging in a symphony. A palate so bright, brisk and clean that one could guess it were sherry until the round, pear-shaped tones of honeyed apricot, raisin tart and tangerine marmalade on well buttered toast make their entry. A harmonious finish to elegant meals, this requires little in the way of accompaniment; some good cheese, a crust of almond loaf or perhaps this Italian olive oil-balsamic-dried fruit cake? I will only share this with my best of friends and true accomplices 2016-2045+. Winner of Silver from Decanter Awards and the International Wine & Spirits.
Serafino, Terramoto, Syrah, 2010, red dry wine, McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (03-04-2015 by Kristof Gillese)
“Sultry” was the word that came to mind when I savoured the first aromas swirling from the glass: sexy perfumed dark floral tones blending with earthy and truffled aromas and rich cigar box nuances. Ripe red raspberries, blackberries, currants rounded out an already stunning bouquet and when I tasted it: game over. I was in Heaven! Impeccable balance, structure, concentration, with the flavours playing brilliant harmony to the intricate aromas… it was the incredible textured mouth-feel, the creaminess, the sinfully seductive ease with which this world-class wine is consumed that nudged it into my highest echelon of scores and respect. This is an incredible wine already and will reward cellaring for decades; I concur with Mr James Halliday who states that it “cellars with ease until 2040+”.