Hardys Whiskers Blake Port

Port from Australia

$14.29 $11.99
Save $2.30
Item No. 10515
  • ST89
  • WE88
  • WS88
Alcohol By Volume: 18.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

"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.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
89 Points

"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."
88 Points

"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. "
88 Points

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Rating:
(9/29/2010)
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.
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l6blue - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/12/2010)
Very good port for the price, although the flavor was not quite as rich as I was led to expect.
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Debbie - Brighton, MI (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(9/12/2010)
Intense tawny flavors for a real deal
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Learn About Hardys

At the tender age of 20, Thomas Hardy, filled with the early pioneering spirit, left his home town of Gittisham, England to carve out his future in the newly established colony of South Australia. Arriving August 18, 1850 Thomas found work tending cattle in the surrounding hills of Adelaide. It was not long before Thomas sought a new challenge and, in an amazing twist of fate that...

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Learn About Other Australia

With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular: New South Wales - home to Sydney and other tourist destinations, New South Wales has a smaller focused wine growing region, but many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations and so are deemed New...

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Learn About Port

Port Wine Port is a fortified wine that is made by adding brandy during fermentation. The addition of spirits kills the yeasts, which in turn halts the fermentation process. This results in a wine both sweet and high in alcohol. Named for its home city Oporto, true Port must come from the designated area. The grapes used are a blend,, but the favored grape thought to...

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