Taylors – Single Harvest Tawny 1970 75cl Bottle
Pale mahogany core surrounded by a broad pale gold rim with subtle olive highlights.
On the first impression, the wine is lifted and ethereal but soon begins to unfurl layer after layer of multi-dimensional aroma. First to emerge are notes of sawn wood and cigar leaf, against a background of cedar, balsam and citrus. These are followed by a warmer, mellow redolence of marzipan, walnut and coffee, notes of sultana and plum and spicy hints of black pepper and cardamom. Finally, the nose opens up a discreet savoury dimension, with hints of toast and wild herbs.
On the palate, the wine has a smooth, velvety texture. Rich, dense and sumptuous, it coats the tongue with opulent mellow flavour, coffee and butterscotch with hints of walnut and candied orange peel, but with a remarkable freshness from the current of lively acidity which runs through the palate into the extraordinarily long finish.
A wonderfully elegant finely constituted and beautifully matured port delivering a surge of rich flavour with every sip.
Taylors has an extensive and enviable library of very old Ports and each year they release a 50-year-old Single Harvest Port which represents the cream of their aged reserves.
Often referred to as Colheitas, these single harvest Tawny ports are a far cry from vintage port with very slow and gentle ageing in oak casks creating ports of extreme aromatic complexity with delightfully mellow structures. And the 1970 Port vintage was of one outstanding quality – ideal growing conditions produced what is now a classic vintage – universally declared by all the major port houses.