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by AHB
22:01 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2011 Berry Brothers
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2011 Berry Brothers

From the 2017 Berry Brothers Port Walk . Charles Symington confirmed that the 2011 Berry Brothers blend was not the same blend as any of the ports marketed under one of the Symington brands. From magnum. Deep purple colour, opaque centre. A delicious yet floral nose. On the palate this has a smooth ...
by AHB
21:59 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 23 Nov 2017 — Berry Brothers Annual Port Walk
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Thu 23 Nov 2017 — Berry Brothers Annual Port Walk

From the 2017 Berry Brothers Port Walk . On Thursday 23rd November (and Friday 24th November), Berry Brothers held their annual port walk. Charles Symington introduced the wines and gave us some interesting information about the region, the ports and the vaguest of hints about the 2017 vintage. Some...
by AHB
17:41 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 18th Jan - Suckling Pig?
Replies: 5
Views: 151

Re: 18th Jan - Suckling Pig?

idj123 wrote:
13:56 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Not for me please-sorry!
In that case, would people please revise their answers to work on the understanding that we will be splitting the £250 cost of a Suckling Pig between 6 people (but each of the six would save £10-20 on the other food).
by AHB
15:53 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Martinez
Replies: 0
Views: 31

1963 Martinez

Oporto bottled. A bottle with a mid-shoulder fill and slight signs of seepage on the tissue paper in which the bottle was wrapped. A very lightly pigmented red cedar colour, 20% opaque and when it went into the decanter from a bottle that was mildly compromised, this did not look promising. The nose...
by AHB
15:52 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV KWV Tawny
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Views: 72

NV KWV Tawny

Served onboard SA 234 from JNB to LHR T2. Very enjoyable; smooth and flavoursome. What more can you want from a tawny port? 88/100. 17-Nov-17. Pop 'n' pour.
by AHB
15:51 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: NV KWV Cape Tawny
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Views: 36

NV KWV Cape Tawny

Served onboard SA 235 from LHR T2 to JNB. An orange mahogany colour, 50% opaque. Smelling of toffee and almonds, of warmth and dusty soils. Smooth textured entry but relatively little flavour at first. The fruit comes through on the mid-palate with orange essence, brown sugar and dried figs - mouthf...
by AHB
15:43 Thu 04 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Smith Woodhouse
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Views: 31

1983 Smith Woodhouse

From a half bottle. Mature rose red in colour with an opacity of around 40%. Initially suffering from a touch of volatile acidity, but this blew off with enough time in the decanter to allow a bouquet that was distinctly spirity to show. Very different on the palate. At first tasting powerfully of r...
by AHB
23:28 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Quinta do Vale Meao
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Views: 50

2015 Quinta do Vale Meao

7,000 bottles produced. Deep purple with a narrow rim. Blueberries and brambles on the nose leading to a bramble-fruit entry — a touch jammy but the underlying acidity prevents the palate becoming cloying and the fine grained tannins add a nice touch of class. This is nicely balanced on the palate w...
by AHB
23:23 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria
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Views: 35

2015 Quinta do Vale Dona Maria

6,000 bottles produced. Deep red colour with a narrow rim. Fresh on the nose bringing ripe purple plums and early Autumn mornings. Smooth entry, with ripe and sweet fruit, opulent but slightly haughty. Fine gentle tannins grip under the fruit. A very rich and complete mouthful, nicely balanced and d...
by AHB
23:22 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta das Tecedeiras Tawny Reserve
Replies: 0
Views: 26

NV Quinta das Tecedeiras Tawny Reserve

Mahogany brown colour with a hint of red in the tone. A huge and very offputting dose of bottle stink on the nose. Soft caramel dominates the palate, mixed with a burnt sugar bitterness. Soft and sweet on the aftertaste and with a modest finish of burnt sugar and hot elastic bands. Disappointing. 80...
by AHB
23:21 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2008 Quinta das Tecedeiras Colheita (bottled 2016)
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Views: 23

2008 Quinta das Tecedeiras Colheita (bottled 2016)

Bottled 2016. Red-brown mahogany in colour, 60% opaque. Unusual nose, distinctly smelling of marmite! Sweet entry, bland and one-dimensional with hints of light honey. The mid-palate is a little better but starts to show a hot / burnt elastic tone. Not one to seek out if this is a typical bottle. 76...
by AHB
23:20 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2014 Quinta das Tecedeiras
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Views: 26

2014 Quinta das Tecedeiras

Bottled 2016. Dark red in colour with a narrow rim. Subdued nose with little showing. Delightful on entry bringing sophisticated fruit poised around ripe tannins that are incredibly fine grained. Wonderful palate development - elegant yet also very complete. A touch hollow on the aftertaste but the ...
by AHB
23:17 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Sandeman Seixo
Replies: 0
Views: 35

2015 Sandeman Seixo

15,000 bottles produced. 40-50% vinhas velhas with the balance of the grapes being Sousao and Touriga Nacional. Deep scarlet in colour. Sour cherry and black chocolate on the nose, with a nice touch of esteva. Rich, sweet fruit over very grippy toasted ripe tannins. Dark and chewy finish, long with ...
by AHB
23:16 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2013 Sandeman Seixo
Replies: 0
Views: 30

2013 Sandeman Seixo

Dark scarlet in colour with a narrow rim. Although quite closed, the nose shows some fresh redcurrant. Young / youthful entry showing harsh fruit and pronounced tannins and acidity that has not yet integrated. Aggressive and drying tannins dominate the mid-palate but some enjoyable floral elements c...
by AHB
23:15 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Sagrado Fine Ruby
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Views: 26

NV Quinta do Sagrado Fine Ruby

From Nova Quinta do Sagrado but bottled under the Quinta do Sagrado label. Deep red with a brick rim. Fresh on the nose with a hint of hot elastic. Nice impact, soft baked fruit that is easy to drink but with a little soft tannin on the palate. The hot elastic bands show up again on the finish, whic...
by AHB
23:15 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2010 Quinta do Sagrado LBV
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Views: 23

2010 Quinta do Sagrado LBV

From Nova Quinta do Sagrado but bottled under the Quinta do Sagrado label. Bottled in 2015. 2,500-3,000 litres made. Modest rose red colour with a narrow rim, perhaps a little cloudy. Showing little on the nose, some hints of fruit and perhaps of rosemary. Light, dry fruit on the palate but the tann...
by AHB
23:13 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2004 Quinta de Roriz
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Views: 24

2004 Quinta de Roriz

Sweet fruit offset by lemon oil bitterness which combine to give a great intensity on the palate. Oftened by age this is rounded yet still youthful. 89/100. 06-Nov-17.
by AHB
23:08 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Ramos Pinto
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Views: 33

2015 Ramos Pinto

8,000 bottles produced of this full vintage blend. Youthful colour with a wide rim; little showing on the soft, floral nose. Gentle flavours on the palate bringing soft fruit and modest tannins balanced by just the right amount of acidity. Great aftertaste with full flavours and chewy red licorice t...
by AHB
23:07 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1997 Ramos Pinto
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Views: 29

1997 Ramos Pinto

Brick red colour with a wide rim. Soft baked raspberry nose; soft and mature on the palate, very smooth with a lovely acidity highlighting the bubblegum flavours. The tannins are ghostly, the finish soft, flavoursome and long lasting. 88/100. 06-Nov-17.
by AHB
23:05 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Pintas
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Views: 23

2015 Pintas

2,500 bottles produced. Deep purple colour with no rim. Blueberry dominated nose, sweet and open. Sweet entry, gentle on the palate. Fruit slowly grows on the mid-palate and is supported by fine-grained tannins. Lovely layers of flavour provide a great complexity on the palate. The tannins grip impr...
by AHB
23:05 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Pessegueiro White
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Views: 19

NV Quinta do Pessegueiro White

Salmon pink in colour with a fresh nose of slightly under-ripe peach. Very sweet on the palate with the sugar overwhelming the fruit. The finish shows a little peach and a lot of syrup. Definitely one for those with a sweet tooth! 74/100. 06-Nov-17.
by AHB
23:03 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2014 Quinta do Pessegueiro
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Views: 20

2014 Quinta do Pessegueiro

Mid scarlet in colour with a narrow rim. A nice nose showing bramble fruit and damp country hedges. Modest flavoured entry but a wonderful mid-palate which combines dry and slightly green tannins with big and powerful fruit that is slightly under-ripe so delivers a pleasing bitter-sweet sensation. B...
by AHB
23:02 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2012 Quinta do Passadouro LBV
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Views: 16

2012 Quinta do Passadouro LBV

Bottled unfiltered in 2016. Deep red with a wide rim, no bricking. A reluctant nose which eventually releases an inviting bouquet of flowers and sweet red fruit after some persistent swirling. Soft bramble fruit shows on entry, gentle and sweet. The refined tannins appear on the mid-palate giving ge...
by AHB
23:01 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2013 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo LBV
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2013 Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo LBV

Bottled unfiltered in May 2017. Modest red colour with a wide rim. An open nose of warm fruit and a hint of cheese! Soft entry, sweet — even slightly candied — glacé fruit. There is a slight bitterness to the aftertaste. This is quite a simple and light port, although nicely fragranced and pleasant ...
by AHB
23:00 Wed 03 Jan 2018
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2013 Niepoort LBV
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Views: 27

2013 Niepoort LBV

Bottled 2017. Rich red velvet colour with a wide rim. A delicious nose of warm and floral fruit. Smooth entry bringing sweet strawberry, fruit which is restrained at first but then suddenly bursts onto the taste buds in a huge wave. Soft tannins swim in the background shouting encouragement to the f...