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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: 1953

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
Replies: 0
Views: 22

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: 17

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: 17

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
Replies: 0
Views: 16

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: 42

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: 163

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: 152

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: 141

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: 152

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: 149

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: 147

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: 134

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: 129

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: 191

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: 253

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: 141

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...
by AHB
01:01 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1934 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: 1934 Gould Campbell

Cork branded "Gould Campbell 193" so presumed to be 1934. Copper brown colour, 50% opaque. A lovely nose with gentle cinnamon and delicate caramelised fruit; very attractive nose. Gentle flavours, elegant but a little dried out with bruised bananas leading on the palate. Dry aftertaste and a lingeri...
by AHB
01:01 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1927 Gould Campbell
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: 1927 Gould Campbell

Base of neck fill. Lots of fine sediment in the glass has caused the wine to be a little cloudy but when allowed to settle the wine showed as a burnished gold, 20% opaque. A hint of oxidation touches the nose, but otherwise it reveals a delicate stewed rhubarb. Light and elegant on the palate, delic...
by AHB
00:56 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 15

2015 Cockburn

A note distilled from an extended 4 day tasting allowing the wine to develop and show some of its hidden aspects. Ripe and poised fruit all over the nose. Initially slightly sour bramble but sweet black cherry by the end of day 4. Soft and gentle tannins hidden away by the fruit but strong acidity. ...
by AHB
00:35 Sat 16 Dec 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2015 Vintage Review
Replies: 0
Views: 36

2015 Vintage Review

I've tasted a fair range of vintage ports from the 2015 vintage and have had the opportunity to taste a number of them several times or over an extended period. My overall impression of the vintage is that is has produced a lot of very "pretty" ports. In the majority the fruit is delicate, clean and...
by AHB
23:32 Fri 15 Dec 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 3rd Oct - Dinner at the Carlton Club
Replies: 0
Views: 23

Tue 3rd Oct - Dinner at the Carlton Club

It was the birthday of member of TPF so a few of us decided to celebrate with dinner at the Carlton Club and take the opportunity to see what port they had on their wine list. We chose examples of most ports on the list and drank: Dow 1985 Graham 1970 Taylor 1985, first bottle Taylor 1985, second bo...
by AHB
23:32 Fri 15 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Warre
Replies: 0
Views: 21

1985 Warre

Avalable from the Carlton Club @ £75 per bottle. Deep red colour, still opaque. Full of deep dark fruit on the palate, rich and powerful (which are not normally adjectives associated with Warre!). On the finish this is dominated by lots of black licorice. Very fine and very promising for 10 to 15 ye...
by AHB
23:31 Fri 15 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 19

1985 Taylor

The second of two bottles. This was younger and darker than the frst bottle, with more intensity on the palate as a result. Better than the first bottle — really rather nice. 91/100. Drunk 03-Oct-17. Decanted 1 hour.
by AHB
23:30 Fri 15 Dec 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Taylor
Replies: 0
Views: 19

1985 Taylor

Available from the Carlton Club @ £95 per bottle. Mature appearance, 60% opaque. A great balance between fresh fruit and leathery secondar notes. Elegant and refined, a very tasty port. The first of two bottles. 89/100. Drunk 03-Oct-17. Decanted 1 hour.