???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

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???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

Post by jdaw1 » 22:25 Fri 14 Dec 2012

On Thursday 13th December 2012 a subset of the obvious suspects gathered at the Bell, Wendens Ambo CB11 4JY, to taste some treasures.

Links: Previously at the Bell: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008.

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Re: Unknown

Post by AHB » 22:05 Sun 16 Dec 2012

Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton & Co. An unknown port, with a short and unbranded cork. A touch of bottle stink, but then lots of VA, toffee apple and bovril. Sharp and dry on entry; very concentrated, hugely acidic and concentrated building up to a massive palate. Lots of VA also showing on the palate. A huge colheita wine, tasting as though it is very old. 84/100.
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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Re: ???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

Post by winesecretary » 23:37 Fri 16 Aug 2019

The above tasting note is of a madeira not a port. Two sets of clues: one in the name of the shipper...

Shortridge Lawton were a fairly obscure Madeira shipper founded 1757 but, for me, really flowering in the Victorian and Edwardian era. They joined the MWC early. Fun fact: I understand they were the last shipper commercially to stick to the old practice of sending their wine on a voyage round the Cape to mature it, doing so latterly on container ships, rather than just using the estufagem or canteiro method of maturation. The last-bottled wines were filled in the 1980s (I had one years ago with an IVM seal but I've never seen one with an IVBAM seal) since when the house has been effectively extinct. Shortridge Lawton made wonderful wine, if one gives it enough air (several days) which the bottle you were drinking did not have. The FTLOP madeira crowd rhapsodise about the Shortridge Lawton 1861 Bual, and with good reason, as it, and their 1900 Moscatel, are two of the finest wines of any variety I have ever drunk.

… and several in your tasting note. Short unbranded cork. Bottle stink. Very high VA. Huge acidity. It's Madeira!

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Re: ???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

Post by jdaw1 » 17:22 Sat 17 Aug 2019

Great post.

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Re: ???? Unknown (Bottled by Shortridge, Laughton and Co)

Post by AHB » 20:20 Sun 18 Aug 2019

Now you come to pull it all together, I can see how obvious it is! Thank you for taking the time to help us figure out what we were drinking. A shame we hadn't realised earlier what we were opening and therefore able to give it several days in the decanter. Oh well, we live and learn.
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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