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The Bishop of Norwich

Field Blend, Western Cape, South Africa, 2012
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The Bishop of Norwich
2012 South African “Port”
Just 162 bottles – Reserve on a strictly first come first served.


Our friend Rick Kelley MW, aka “The Cape Crusader” has unearthed a gem for Christmas 2016. A single small barrel of delicious fortified wine from Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Perhaps you know the story of the Bishop of Norwich or perhaps not?

At formal dinners at traditional dinner tables it is said to be imperative to pass the port to the left, pouring a glass for your neighbour on your right before you do so. Ideally, the decanter (vintage port is always decanted because of the extreme level of sediment in the bottle) should never stop its clockwise progress around the table until it is finished. If the decanter, or bottle, should ever stall it is considered very bad form to ask for it. Instead, you ask the person hogging the decanter: "Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?". If they are familiar with port etiquette they will immediately realise their faux pas and pass along the decanter with an apology. If not, and they answer in the negative, you should say: "He's a terribly good chap, but he always forgets to pass the port." Precisely which forgetful and inebriated Bishop of Norwich is responsible for inspiring this particularly part of the etiquette has been lost to the vagaries of time but some ideas can be found here: www.theliberatorwine.com/episode-9-the-wine

The style is akin to a fine ruby or LBV port and is made at the famed Muratie winery at the cape. The blend involves traditional Port varieties of Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francesca and Souzao. Vintage 2012 the wine comes in at 19% abv.

HarperWells have secured 162 bottles of this rarity and can offer it at £22 per bottle. The wine leaves South Africa on the 15th Sept due here in mid Oct. It’s available on a first come first served basis.

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Wine features
  • 0.75l volume
  • 19% ABV
  • Drink by 2032
  • Limited Availability
  • Pre-Release
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