The Liberator 'The Bishop of Norwich'
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A fortified wine made from a blend of classic Portuguese grape varieties.
This Cape Late Bottled Vintage ‘Port’ was aged for an unprecedented eight years in cask on the farm. Rick happened on the barrels on his annual catch-up with his old friend Rijk in March 2020. Freshened-up with a few litres of the 2018 Vintage, it was bottled that June.
A typically British initiative, the tradition of ‘passing the Port’ dates back centuries and comes with its own particular etiquette. It dictates that once a diner has poured a glass for his neighbour on the right, the decanter should be passed immediately to the left, with the vessel not halting from its clockwise progression around the table until such time as the decanter is emptied.
If someone is seen to be failing in their duties, the breach is brought to their attention by enquiring, ‘Do you know the Bishop of Norwich?’ For those who know the true meaning of this euphemism, it serves as a timely reminder, while for those who don’t, they are politely informed ‘He’s a terribly good chap, but he always forgets to pass the Port…’