1972 Yalumba Vintage Port
Barossa Valley, South Australia, and assumed to be mostly Shiraz.
Excellent level, and an intact, well-stained cork.
Deep brick-red colour; sweet brandy notes, liquorice and fruitcake spices. The palate is rich, mellow and rounded with brandy, mocha and bright dark plum fruits, a touch of almond, again with some spices. Clean, lingering, balanced and refreshing. Its enjoyment quotient was enormous.
For a fifty-year-old wine (purchased at auction only six months ago for a speculative $35), this is remarkable. Australian vintage fortifieds don’t drink any better than this.
Drink now, and this spectacular bottle – at a key anniversary age -deserves 95 points.