Anything to do with Port.
That is a remarkably good find where you are.griff wrote: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.
I used the centre part of a Durand, but not the hand/prongs; this meant I could use the sides to apply constant gentle upward pressure (see the video Julian posted a link to). It too quite a lot of pressure, but as soon as it released it fully released (i.e. having moved it up 2-3mm it was then fully loose and could move side to side).AW77 wrote:And what corkscrew did you use?PhilW wrote:I didn't have a measure, but I would estimate approx. 32mm top diameter, 24mm bottom.AW77 wrote:Phil, thanks for the interesting report. What's the diameter of the cork?
I forgot to mention about the magnum corks; these were a more normal shape, but were only just big enough and quite soggy. For the cork in Magnum #1 neither I nor Julian could get the end of a corkscrew in without the cork sliding down the neck into the bottle at the slightest touch; despite our best efforts it fell in. For the next few we used a screwpull, though the corks were quite fragile and wanted to tear, in particular the very bottom (last ~10%) of the soggy corks would to fall off at the slightest provocation; once we had a cork extracted whole (tricky, but achieved on third attempt) we switched to using the Durand which quickly and easily extract the rest (all whole, though scuffed down the side of each cork as occurs when using the Durand).