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"The elegance of age, the energy of youth." Cockburns Special Reserve Port was first created in 1969. Then, it was the first of its kind and caused a revolution in the way Port was seen and drunk by people around the world. Staying true to the orginal style, this really is a remarkable port. Luscious, ripe fruit with soft and elegant tannins. Smooth on the palate, sweet, well rounded, medium length and with luscious red berry flavours leading to a distinctive dry finish, balanced with fine wood-aged flavours.
Cockburns writes "Our Special Reserve still has the lusciously ripe, vibrant fruit of youth and lovely tannins, which give it the slightly peppery spice on the tongue. But it also has the elegance of age: the softness and smoothness that can only be achieved by slow ageing in old oak barrels. That’s what puts the Special in Special Reserve."
It pairs particularly well with cheese and other desserts. And it will stay good for up to six weeks once you’ve opened it.