"Whiskers" The Man: Whiskers Blake was a roguish little bloke who worked in Hardys Tintara vineyard around the turn
of the century. His job was scaring birds from the grapes with an old 8 gauge shotgun. He also took it upon himself to regularly test the products.
Rich tawny color with olive hues. The nose is reminiscent of chocolate with coffee overtones. The palate is smooth and mellow with good length and a dry finish. Classic rancio characters are also evident in this flavorsome wine.
"Pinkish amber. Spicy redcurrant and toffee aromas are complicated by orange peel, molasses and fresh rose. A delicate and nicely focused tawny with toffeed apple and pear flavors and an exotic blood orange quality emerging on the back. This rather understated port shows good finishing lift and a lingering salted caramel character."
International Wine Cellar
"Sweet and silky, balancing its roasted hazelnut, coffee and bitter chocolate flavors with a thread of cherry. The finish lingers gently. Drink now. 7,300 cases made."
"This widely available, bargain-priced tawny remains an Australian classic, offering toffee and walnut aromas and flavors along with dust-covered leather and just a hint of fresh fruit. It’s lighter in weight than you might expect from a Port-inspired New World wine, but offers a tasty drop on a wintry evening. "
I'm an amateur wine and port enthusiast, and this stuff is great. I'm not a fan of ruby ports, so I've been searching for a tasty (and cheap) tawny port for night caps and the occasional cigar. Whiskers Blake fits the bill perfectly. Strongly recommended.
Very good port for the price, although the flavor was not quite as rich as I was led to expect.
Intense tawny flavors for a real deal