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Wine Auctioneer

Post by StuartC » 11:21 Fri 07 Sep 2018

I recently joined the forum due to its overwhelmingly valuable source of information and clearly passionate group of Port lovers - this is definitely a forum I want to be engaged with! Upon then taking advice of JDAW1, we agreed that I start this thread of posts - which I hope everyone will find equally valuable.

By way of introduction, I'm the director of Wine Auctioneer (www.wineauctioneer.com) and we feature a good number of Ports in our bimonthly, online auctions. I believe our auction site could be potentially useful for ThePortForum members for both your buying and selling of fine, rare and unusual Ports.

Rather than spamming the main Selling Port thread with a barrage of new threads for each potentially-interesting Port we feature, I'll contain such posts in here. I further promise to inform only, no hard selling! Comments and questions welcome also. And in case anybody wants to get in touch with me directly, I can be contacted at stuart@wineauctioneer.com.

Enjoy. :993333:

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Post by StuartC » 13:07 Fri 07 Sep 2018

Our September auction is now live and open to receive bidding until Monday 24th.

I recall reading on another thread (Valuation??? By Golfbumm4life) about Niepoort's Garrafeira 1931 Port. Well, we have one in our auction, see it here - https://www.wineauctioneer.com/lot/3427 ... feira-port.


Additionally, we have another 5 Lots of Niepoort's Garrafeira 1952 Port. https://www.wineauctioneer.com/auction- ... ction_form.
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Garrafeira Vintage 1952 / Bottled 1955 / Decanted 1987
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Garrafeira Vintage 1931 / Bottled 1938 / Decanted 1979
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Post by AHB » 15:34 Fri 07 Sep 2018

Stuart - if nothing else, I can gaze longingly at the photos you post and admire pictures of wines I am unlikely to ever own. I love pictures of port bottles, I accept my wife's assertion that I may not be wholly normal in this respect, but please do keep posting them.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Post by StuartC » 12:37 Mon 10 Sep 2018

AHB wrote:
15:34 Fri 07 Sep 2018
..if nothing else, I can gaze longingly at the photos you post and admire pictures of wines I am unlikely to ever own.
AHB, how do you think I feel??? Surrounded by all these wonders in my physical presence every day (they tempt, they tease, they defy!) :shock:

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Post by StuartC » 12:46 Mon 10 Sep 2018

Dow's 1963 is one of those benchmark Ports against which other producers and vintages are judged. An outstanding year which continues to be enjoyed by the lucky few. www.wineauctioneer.com/lot/3380/dows-1963-vintage-port

This bottle features the label for the London wine merchants Hedges & Butler Ltd.
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Post by StuartC » 17:33 Mon 10 Sep 2018

Everyone loves a good mystery, right? How about this mystery bottle then???

The only identifying mark is what remains of the number 10 to the right of the cap-seal, in worn orange-red wax - assumption is a 1910 Vintage Port.

In the absence of jdaw's new book, can anybody identify further??? :990066: :990066: :990066:
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Post by PhilW » 17:50 Mon 10 Sep 2018

Absolutely we like bottles like this, especially with decent fill levels, cork not damaged or raised, and a good colour to the wine.
Can we get a couple of higher resolution images to look at more closely (perhaps by PM, or links by PM, as appropriate)?

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Post by flash_uk » 19:00 Mon 10 Sep 2018

Looks more like OB than 10 to me.

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Post by AHB » 19:40 Mon 10 Sep 2018

I took a good look at the photo. I think the photo is upside down and what we can see is the O and part of the R from the word PORT. I’d have to check my records, but I have a few bottles that were sealed with PORT across the cork, mostly port from pre-WW2.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
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Post by StuartC » 09:59 Thu 13 Sep 2018

PhilW wrote:
17:50 Mon 10 Sep 2018
Can we get a couple of higher resolution images to look at more closely...
There are a couple of high-resolution photos on this Lot page on our website: https://www.wineauctioneer.com/lot/3381 ... ntage-port - Free to look and no obligation to register or bid.
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I think the photo is upside down and what we can see is the O and part of the R from the word PORT.
Yes, also possible! Having a close look in person, there doesn't appear to be horizontal arm-stubs coming off the vertical (I) for the remnants of an R - yet this could well be due to damage. However, there isn't enough space to the left of what would be the letter O, for the letter P; and the centering would be WAY off - also feasibly possible if wax being stamped by hand. But if it is a 10, then centering would be spot on.

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Post by DRT » 19:17 Thu 13 Sep 2018

StuartC wrote:
17:33 Mon 10 Sep 2018
Everyone loves a good mystery, right? How about this mystery bottle then???

The only identifying mark is what remains of the number 10 to the right of the cap-seal, in worn orange-red wax - assumption is a 1910 Vintage Port.

In the absence of jdaw's new book, can anybody identify further???
I have an unpublished edition of Julian's book and the only confirmed 1910 VP is Offley Boa Vista. Gonzalez Byass are thought to have produced, but not released VP from that vintage but those would be as rare as rocking horse poop.

I think the chances of this being a 1910 VP are extremely unlikely but not impossible. If it is, it is possibly one of the rarest 100 yr+ bottles I have ever seen.

One thing that I'd note from the pictures is that the cork is very short. That normally means that what is in the bottle was not intended to be aged further, it was bottled to be drunk. It is much more likely that this is a barrel-aged port bottled around 100 years ago with the work PORT branded on the now degraded cork.
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