Thank you to everyone involved in arranging this tasting. It was wonderful to come back to a
offline after many, many years.
1980 was not a vintage I knew very well, although I perhaps had lower expectations of it than many others which is why I was quite pleased about the quality of the wines.
It is also always enjoyable when some of the lesser shippers do better than the first tier ones! I thought the Gould Campbell and Smith Woodhouse were quite similar and the best of the night. Thereafter, there was a big cluster of Ports. I went for Sandeman for my third placed one but there wasn’t much in it for me between that, the Taylor, Offley and the Warre. I also quite enjoyed the Burmester and the Niepoort although it seemed my palate didn’t detect flaws that others saw.
I’ll try to post some notes over the next few days.