In London with my family after being in Germany and Italy. Not a wine trip, so purchased this from the local supermarket for 9 pounds. Sourced from Symington stocks of Portuguese material. (I don’t think this style is made in Australia).
Late bottled vintage ports are held in oak for a longer period than vintage ports; this softens them somewhat; whether there will be improvement after bottling depends partly on how (or if) they are filtered, and how brawny you like them. In any case, its safer to consume them early. Stylistically they are more like a vintage port than a tawny, and once opened drink within a few days.
Deep crimson colour, dense and healthy; muscadels, spices, and sweet spirit. There is real plumcake on the palate, marinated red and blue fruits, and a sense of restraint and balance between fruit and spirit. A nice attack of tannins making this very gluggable wine. A bit more stuffing would have made a better wine, but no complaints at the price for this style.
Drink to 2019; score 87 points.
2 thoughts on “2009 Sainsbury’s late-bottled vintage port 20%”
I was looking at this today at my mother in law’s local Sainsburys and thought that it might be worth a punt when I’m back from Italy in a couple of weeks. Ludicrously cheap for this style, but Portugese ports normally are in the UK!
Sainsbury’s also had 2009 Taylors LBVP and 2009 Grahams LBVP for a few pounds more; which might make a good comparison!