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Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve Port 1997

Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve Port 1997
Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve Port 1997

My sister-in-law Melissa is very chuffed with herself for having managed to get back into size 28 jeans after adopting a programme of careful eating. During Sunday lunch, for instance, she opted for boiled instead of roast potatoes to go with her chicken.

When it came to dessert, however, there was no resisting Jamie Oliver’s bloomin’ brilliant brownies on her part. I was more interested in the Bredell’s Cape Vintage Reserve Port 1997 (double gold at Veritas 1999, 5 Stars in Platter’s 2000, trophy for best museum class Port at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2006).  A blend of 65% Tinta Barocca, 25% Souzão and 10% Touriga Naçional, it proved very elegant although still way off drinking at its best.  I have to admit I did sample one or two brownies, these proving a pretty good food match, although I suspect even better had we included the sour cherries that Jamie suggests as an optional ingredient.


  1. Christian, I am happy to read this note from last summer as we have a bottle of the 1998 that we brought back from Cape Town. I have always thought this would be a bottle for long term aging. Best regards, Aaron


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