A small group gathered at the Bung Hole for a blind tasting, DJ being in town for the evening. We were joined by two guests: AHB being able to join at the last minute, he was accompanied by Mrs B; DJ brought his friend Richard West.
The line-up of bottles was interesting: five were from the same year, three were the same wine and two were decanted from the same bottle.
- Review of the evening
- 2000 Sandeman Vau decanted from double-mag into standard bottle
- 2000 Sandeman Vau from half-bottle
- 2000 Sandeman Vau decanted from double-mag into half-bottle
- 2000 Fonseca
- 2000 Niepoort Secundum
- 1981 Warre LBV
- 1955 Butler Nephew
- 1970 Taylor
- 1980 Taylor
- Planning and arrangements
75%, ruby with a very subtle brown.
Ashy nose, JDAW thought smoky. Underneath, forest fruits coming through very slightly.
This was a mouth rinser: a great feel, smoky with chewy tannins.
Violets at first, but the fruit is not huge, and is overshadowed by dark tannins.