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by AHB
18:31 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Croft
Replies: 0
Views: 19

1970 Croft

Oporto bottled, a bottle from a case which produced several leakers. This bottle was down to a mid-shoulder fill, the seepage appearing to have been caused by the failure of the cork to settle properly in the angled neck. Burnished redwood colour, quite light in tone; 30% opaque. Oxidised nose, flat...
by AHB
18:28 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira
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Views: 19

2015 Dow Senhora da Ribeira

From an extended tasting spread over 4 days, allowing the wine to change and develop over the course of that time. This is a lovely deep purple colour, but with a wide rim. Perfumed nose with lots of blueberry and rock rose, lovely and inviting. A delicate, pretty and fragrant port with a high acidi...
by AHB
18:19 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 18

1985 Fonseca

A glass from the Oxford & Cambridge Club. As when tasted in May, this is deep in colour, in nose and in flavour with a mass of sweet, dark fruit and a wonderful structure. As fabulous as ever and worthy of a second glass! 91/100. Drunk 25-Oct-17.
by AHB
18:18 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 20

1963 Fonseca

Another of the 36 bottles sourced from the pipe sold at Bonham's in February 2016, which had been bottled and stored under identical conditions. This bottle had a base of neck fill and was sealed with a cork which was branded "Fonseca Vintage 1963 Bottled 1965". A lovely glowing red cedar colour, cl...
by AHB
18:16 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Sandeman Vau
Replies: 0
Views: 15

1999 Sandeman Vau

A half bottle bought from Lea & Sandeman on Chiswick High Street. Sealed with a cork which shattered into tiny pieces when an attempt was made to draw it from the bottle. Dark red with an opaque centre. Not much on the nose but the palate has some good, but one-dimensional, fruit on it. Pleasant bal...
by AHB
18:13 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2000 Warre Colheita
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Views: 17

2000 Warre Colheita

Bottled 2017. Tasted at the BA Galleries Lounge (South) in Heathrow Terminal 5. Red mahogany in colour, glowing and attractive. Some treacle and caramel on the nose, but not very pronounced. Balanced and intense on the palate with stronga acidity supporting dates and dried figs. On the mid-palate th...
by AHB
18:13 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham Six Grapes
Replies: 0
Views: 17

NV Graham Six Grapes

Bottled 2017 (from the code printed on the label). Tasted in the BA Galleries Lounge (South) in Heathrow Terminal 5 (along with the Warre 2000 colheita). Dark red in colour and with a very narrow rim. Soft blackcurrant fruit on the attractive nose. Softly textured on the palate; gentle ripe and swee...
by AHB
18:08 Sun 17 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Tuesday 15th May 2018, for the Royal Wedding
Replies: 25
Views: 341

Re: Royal Wedding, May 2018

jdaw1 wrote:
jdaw1 wrote:
19:43 Sat 16 Dec 2017
jdaw1 wrote:
00:38 Tue 12 Dec 2017
Black Tie?
E.g.
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While happy with the principle of a black tie affair, mid-week logistics makes this more difficult than I would like. I prefer not.
by AHB
21:37 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash
Replies: 37
Views: 1991

Re: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash

Steak and chips would be lovely. No starter or dessert needed for me but please could you have the fire going so I can use port tongs.

I’ll try to get to the White Horse around 5pm to decant and will head off to check in to my hotel about 5.45pm, back to start drinking about 6.30pm.
by AHB
01:40 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Mont Blois Muskadel Pomphuis
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Views: 28

2016 Mont Blois Muskadel Pomphuis

From the Hoopsrivier Ward of Robertson. A fortified white muscadelle which the family have made for many years but which they stopped bottling (and sold on to other wineries) in 1985. This is the first vintage which the family have started to bottle and market again under their own name. The vines u...
by AHB
01:39 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1985 Mont Blois Muskadel Pomphuis
Replies: 0
Views: 21

1985 Mont Blois Muskadel Pomphuis

From the Hoopsrivier Ward of Robertson. A fortified white muscadelle which the family have made for many years but which they stopped bottling (and sold on to other wineries) in 1985. This vintage is not for sale but was being shown to allow buyers to know how these wines would mature in the bottle....
by AHB
01:36 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Liberator - The Bishop of Norwich
Replies: 0
Views: 18

2016 Liberator - The Bishop of Norwich

Cape Vintage from Boplaas but bottled and labelled as a BoB for Richard Kelly aka ""Rick, The Caped Crusader"" as one of the wines he markets in the UK. Light ruby red colour, 50% opaque. A gentle nose of slightly sour bramble, but not really a distinct nose. Soft flavours on entry, delicate and wit...
by AHB
01:32 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV Badenhorst Caperitif Kappse Dief #4
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Views: 22

NV Badenhorst Caperitif Kappse Dief #4

Significant amounts of high quality vermouth used to be produced by South African winemakers in the period 1900-1940. Production died out during the second world war but was restarted by Badenhorst in 2014. The mixture of botanicals used was developed to match as closely as possible to the flavour p...
by AHB
01:28 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1897 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 48

1897 Graham

Deep orange colour with a green rim, 20% opaque. Gentle marmalade on the nose together with a kick of whisky. An immediate sensation of gentle toffee and coffee, swiftly followed by a huge burst of bitter juniper and clover honey. Big in flavour, dry and full of bitter orange oil. Very hot aftertast...
by AHB
01:25 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 167

Re: 1997 Gould Campbell

Dark red centre with a dark rose rim; 90% opaque. A lovely "winey" nose with lots of fruit and cornflowers - very nice. A touch acidic on the entry with restrained fruit on the mid-palate with lots of charcoal dust tannins floating in raspberry jelly. A lovely red licorice aftertaste, sweet but wiit...
by AHB
01:24 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: 1994 Gould Campbell

Mid rose red colour, 70% opaque. Gentle fruit on the nose, living and rising from the glass – very fruity and attractive. Smooth and sweet entry with soft flavours that wrap around the tongue yet with a dry and gentle tannin core. A delicious texture perfectly combining sweet and ripe fruit with a b...
by AHB
01:24 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 143

Re: 1991 Gould Campbell

Rose red colour, but much lighter and with less depth than either the '94 or the '97. Restrained on the nose, showing virtually nothing. Smooth entry but very light impact; very gentle jelly fruit with nettles and dock leaves. The fruit grows beautifully on the palate giving a real presence. A lovel...
by AHB
01:15 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: 1983 Gould Campbell

Deep red with a modestly mature appearance; 80% opaque. Slightly younger looking than the 1985 shown alongside. A bit simple on the nose, delivering a smell of bubble gum. The bubble gum dominates the entry, sweet but simple. Some tannins show on the mid-palate but the whole impression is one of a p...
by AHB
01:13 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Gould Campbell magnum
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: 1980 Gould Campbell magnum

Mature, light appearance; 30% opaque and attractive. Much lighter than the bottle tasted alongside. Virtually nothing on the nose; lots of swirling coaxes out some tobacco. Jelly babies dominate the palate with a light and watery texture; the redcurrant grows on the late palate to give a satisfying ...
by AHB
01:09 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: 1980 Gould Campbell

Very dark red colour, younger looking than the magnum tasted alongside this glass; 90% opaque. Nothing on the nose but lots of swirling gives some stewed red fruit. Despite the restraint on the palate the palate is lovely with lots of lively red fruit with cinnamon and dark bramble fruit. A deliciou...
by AHB
01:08 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 137

Re: 1977 Gould Campbell

Deep red, very dark — looking as dark and the same tone as the 1997. Restrained nose showing a little redcurrant fruit, gentle and very soft. Fruit led entry, with the entry full of dark cherry and bramble with fine grained tannins supporting the fruit and carrying the hot summer dust of the Douro. ...
by AHB
01:06 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1975 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 132

Re: 1975 Gould Campbell

Very light colouur, a gentle rose-gold colour about 20% opaque. Elegant and sweet on the nose, fragrant and attractive - even a bit ethereal. Smooth and gentle texture with delicate and soft flavours led by the fruit. Spiced damson delivers a delicious and tasty mouthful with the flavours growing ni...
by AHB
01:05 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 193

Re: 1970 Gould Campbell

Deep red colour with a magenta rim and - interestingly - no bricking; 70% opaque. Still youthful on the nose with vibrant berry fruit. Smmoth entry with a nice texture and a very pleasant fruit forward palate. A lovely balance with the ghosts of tannins and perfect acidity that supports a delicious ...
by AHB
01:04 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Gould Campbell
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: 1966 Gould Campbell

Bottled by Peatling & Cawdron. Burnished red colour with a pale rim, 40% opaque. Spicy nose, showing a bit of alcohol but also showing gentle and mature fruit. Poised and perfect balance on entry, growing beautifully on the palate with layer after layer of flavour. Soft and delicate yet without bein...
by AHB
01:03 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: 1963 Gould Campbell

Deep and rich red, quite intensely coloured; 80% opaque. The nose is surprisingly closed, slightly harsh with gentle sweetened rhubarb. Balanced on the palate, rich and peppery but also with masses of fruit - concentrated and complex. Rich and deep, fragrant and yet also sweet, spiced and backed wit...