How is crusted port made?
Crusted port has always been a peculiarly British speciality, a product of the first wine merchants who brought port into this country in bulk and then bottled it here. Crusted port is a very high quality ruby wine that has been bottled after three years in casks unfiltered - this means the port continues to improve in the bottle where it will throw a "crust" - sediment just like a vintage port.
Drinking crusted port
Crusted port will require decanting and will benefit greatly from opening a few hours in advance of drinking. Serve around 18-20C
Food & crusted port
An after dinner port at its best with strong cheeses, very mature cheddar or the kind of camembert you have to keep outside in the shed!