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by griff
21:34 Sat 10 Oct 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Music suggestions
Replies: 18
Views: 6181

Re: Music suggestions

Fonseca 1970? - Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss is a good option. An alternative might be Fanfare for the common man by Copeland. Graham Malvedos 1986? - I have not had the pleasure I believe so cannot comment. Sandeman Vau 2003? - Quite young and brash at present. Mussorgsky - Night On B...
by griff
12:34 Sun 23 Aug 2015
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1978 Hardy Australian Port
Replies: 4
Views: 2626

Re: 1978 Hardy Australian Port

Thank you kind Sir!
by griff
12:47 Tue 28 Jul 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1999 Dow Bomfim
Replies: 0
Views: 1125

1999 Dow Bomfim

Pop and pour. An intense, opaque black-red colour. Blackberry, figs and prunes on the nose. A very rich, sweet, mouth-filling palate of black fruit. Perhaps some anise on the medium length finish. Fine tannins present yet integrated with little heat apparent. Another few years would only lead to mor...
by griff
09:31 Tue 07 Jul 2015
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1978 Hardy Australian Port
Replies: 4
Views: 2626

Re: 1978 Hardy Australian Port

Well?
by griff
09:30 Tue 07 Jul 2015
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

Re: 1998 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

1998 was my go to vintage for a number of years. I have the Comtes at the top but I was also rather keen on Pol in all expressions. Moving onto 2008 as my next vintage to stock up on after brief but memorable flirtations with 2002 and 2004.
by griff
09:23 Tue 07 Jul 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 1040

1977 Graham

D + 0 hours: Medium-deep colour and moving towards tawny. What is this? The last bottle was a pale pink specimen. A bouquet of cacao with a palate of chocolate dipped spiked dates with a calvados finish from spirit perhaps. Rich and developing. D+ 24 hours: The colour had lightened to that pale pink...
by griff
09:11 Tue 07 Jul 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Order of Play
Replies: 18
Views: 3760

Re: Order of Play

Should I be invited to such an affair, a portion of aged Comté would be a wonderful companion. While it may suit neither tradition nor pedantry, it would be a welcome repast.
by griff
08:59 Tue 07 Jul 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port tong supplier
Replies: 29
Views: 15982

Re: Port tong supplier

I would be interested should a consortium by mustered and Australia truly be a destination. Despite our history, there is an absence of irons available.
by griff
02:27 Sun 21 Jun 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Sighted, Blind: advantages, disadvantages
Replies: 9
Views: 3779

Re: Sighted, Blind: advantages, disadvantages

I prefer blind myself - I have far to many preconceptions as it is!
by griff
13:58 Mon 08 Jun 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1224
Views: 320092

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Thank you gents - sounds like it was worth some scouting.
by griff
12:56 Wed 20 May 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1224
Views: 320092

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Aldi selling 50cL Maynard's 1990 Colheita Port for 15 pounds. Starts 21st May until stock runs out. I would be curious what the bottling date was. Good price if recently bottled.
by griff
12:59 Sun 17 May 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Fonseca
Replies: 5
Views: 2731

Re: 1955 Fonseca

55 strikes again!
by griff
09:26 Sun 12 Apr 2015
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Vintage Port Auction
Replies: 5
Views: 4267

Re: Vintage Port Auction

I hope we have some successful bidders. A lovely picture indeed!
by griff
09:23 Sun 12 Apr 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1513
Views: 307686

Re: Latest buy

AHB wrote:My latest purchase was 9 bottles of Gruard Larose 1983 to replace the Talbot 1983 I have nearly finished.

Oh, a consistently good drop from splits a decade ago. No doubt that, in full bottles and from UK storage, it should serve as a more than worthy replacement.
by griff
09:14 Sun 12 Apr 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 2085

Re: 1991 Warre

Haven't seen a review for this in a while. While I thank you I am sad about your views. Based on your experience, do you think it could 'come good'? It is past the 20 year rule after all.

cheers

Carl
by griff
06:34 Wed 11 Mar 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1513
Views: 307686

Re: Latest buy

Australian importer has cleared a fair few Quinta de la Rosa 2000 and 2003 vintage ports at auction. Managed to pick up a couple of the 1999 Vale do Inferno as well.
by griff
06:22 Wed 11 Mar 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Gould Campbell
Replies: 70
Views: 9024

Re: Gould Campbell

It would be a loss. While it may result in the emergence of a number of small-grower vintage ports, the idea that one stops making port under these brands after a century or three is a damm shame.
by griff
08:35 Sat 28 Feb 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2009 Taylor LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 870

2009 Taylor LBV

As the only reasonably priced LBV on the Australian market we finally have the 2009 on sale. Dark cherry red that is completely opaque. Rich, dense, chewy palate of cherries with a lick of tannin and slight heat on the finish. Reminds me a little of cough syrup! :oops: Definitely intense and I wonde...
by griff
22:45 Fri 23 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Summarise a vintage, concisely
Replies: 163
Views: 23385

Re: Summarise a vintage, concisely

I don't think we have the following yet:

2001: a handy SQVP year
2004: another handy SQVP year
2005: should have been declared?

With fond memories of 1983 Grahams I would say 1983: A solid effort with a pleasant surprise or two.
by griff
11:14 Fri 23 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The Durand corkscrew
Replies: 41
Views: 11118

Re: The Durand corkscrew

Just to comment on Phil's comprehensive method, should one wish to remove a cork that one has inserted into a bottle past the neck, after emptying, once can remove the cork without breaking said bottle by inserting cling wrap. Wash bottle first. After inserting the cling wrap, tilt the bottle down a...
by griff
10:59 Fri 23 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dow's Master Blend LBV Port 2006
Replies: 12
Views: 3032

Re: Dow's Master Blend LBV Port 2006

Alternatively, one could enjoy it and think that one could procure another. Just because it is midnight and there is no one sober enough to drive is no excuse; merely obstacles to your imminent satisfaction. Seven miles to the nearest 25 hour Tesco supermarket will be a doddle. Or was it 23 hours? R...
by griff
12:33 Sun 18 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: It's good when a plan comes together...
Replies: 31
Views: 15822

Re: It's good when a plan comes together...

Angels have been busy! Thanks goodness for their willingness to report back accurately :)

But seriously - is such bottle variation desirable?

p.s. after acquiring 3 magnums of Fonseca 2009 this week I now feel that I was overly penurious by not buying all 6.
by griff
07:43 Sat 10 Jan 2015
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: PORT TO SELL THAT CAN'T GO TO NZ!
Replies: 6
Views: 2789

Re: PORT TO SELL THAT CAN'T GO TO NZ!

Can you drop them off in Australia en route? I think I am only half joking :)
by griff
07:40 Sat 10 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame
Replies: 120
Views: 98199

Re: Corked/Spoilt Ports - Name and Shame

2005 Quinta do Noval LBV (unfiltered) - TCA of the worst kind. The just above threshold stuff that has you guessing, wondering, worrying at the absent bouquet and the closed (aka stripped) palate. Leaving it an hour and coming back to it we have proof positive with the musty odour developing. So fru...
by griff
04:14 Sat 10 Jan 2015
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1935 Taylor
Replies: 6
Views: 2866

Re: 1935 Taylor

Perhaps the other bottle needs to be broached to either confirm or correct this bewildering disparity :)