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Decanting an Australian Fortified Wine

October 5, 2012
Question by: Dave (Mobile)

Q:

How long should I stand a bottle of 1962 Penfolds Port, and how long should I open it and decant before drinking?

A:

Just as sparkling wine made outside of Champagne, France, is not strictly "Champagne" so fortified wines made outside of the Douro region of Portugal are not strictly "Ports."   As makers of true Port here in Portugal, we don't have a lot of experience with Australian fortified wines.

That said, assuming your wine is a Vintage rather than Tawny style - in other words, it was aged in bottle for most of the past 50 years and not in cask, our guidelines will probably be appropriate for your wine:  for Vintage Ports older than 40 years, we suggest letting it stand 30 minutes, and decanting fairly close to serving time - half an hour to an hour ahead.  For more details, you may want to look at our articles about Decanting and Serving Port.



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