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Dinner with DL, EMcC, ZM at St Bernard's Crescent 28/01/1997 (TNB)

27/01/1997 (TNB)

25/01/1997 (RJB)

The Three Muscateers Cabernet Tasting 23/01/1997 (RJB)

OFW 94 Port samples 22/01/1997 (TNB)

22/01/1997 (RJB)

19/01/1997 (RJB)

19/01/1997 (TNB)

14/01/1997 (RJB)

Round the Barossa 11/01/1997 (TNB)

11/01/1997 (RJB)

At Bridgewater Mill 03/01/1997 (TNB)

01/01/1997 (TNB)

The Diary - January 1997

Dinner with DL, EMcC, ZM at St Bernard's Crescent 28/01/1997 (TNB)

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27/01/1997 (TNB)

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25/01/1997 (RJB)

Two white Burgundies tasted beside each other over two nights - the Meo-Camuzet clearly better for present drinking (but also more evolved).

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The Three Muscateers Cabernet Tasting 23/01/1997 (RJB)

Tasted blind and scored out of 100 - numbers in brackets indicate position in tasting taken from the average for the three score for each wine. My score after that.

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OFW 94 Port samples 22/01/1997 (TNB)

  • Martinez 94 Elegant, good acidity,nice cherry fruit.
  • Smith Woodhouse 94 Soft, warm berryish, a bit short on acidity.
  • Quinta de Crasto 94 Concentrated, but a bit rustic and 1-dimensional
  • Niepoort 94 I do like this style -- as the Martinez only more of everything. Excellent.
  • Dow 94 Enormous, with liquorice finish. Impressive in its way, but I prefer Niepoort.
  • Warre 94 Dow's but toned down. perhaps more elegant? Possibly just a bit weaker. Good.
  • Grahams 94 Big, rather sweeter than the others. Impressive.
  • Quinta do Vesuvio 94 Prestigious single vinyard from grahams, made in much the same style. Possibly slightly more interesting than Grahams itself.
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22/01/1997 (RJB)

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19/01/1997 (RJB)

  • Mas de Daumas Gassac Rouge 1987 Hollow and simple - I always seem to be disappointed with Daumas Gassac. Part of the fruit has faded. 83
  • Mountadam Chardonnay 1989 OK, but rather monolithic. Soft peach flavours with glycerol - and has lost its agressive butteriness. 84
  • Vouvray Sec 1980, A. Foreau Lovely. Grass, honey and apples with cutting, mouth-watering acidity. Probably needs a few more years yet to be at its best. 90
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19/01/1997 (TNB)

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14/01/1997 (RJB)

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Round the Barossa 11/01/1997 (TNB)

Henschke do really make good wine. Very fine reds, and very sound underrated whites. Elderton: Uninteresting whites, but good reds -- including Commander Shiraz 92 which is a flashy monster that RP gave 94/100 and a good looking "Bordeaux blend".

Rockfords are producing the usual honest stuff, Charlie Melton sold out except a pleasant grenache. Greenock Creek have some good shiraz also.

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11/01/1997 (RJB)

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At Bridgewater Mill 03/01/1997 (TNB)

  • Chardonnay 95 (Bridgewater Mill) Restrained Oz Chardonnay -- not bad.
  • Sharefarmers Blend 94 Bordeaux grapes. Excessively leafy fruit. Not very keen.
  • Millstone Shiraz 94 Trad Ozzy shiraz - leathery heavyweight. Not bad.
  • Croser 94 Quite autolytic, fruity, dry, with fine mousse. Doesn't seem to demand age.
  • Riesling 96 (Petaluma) That hybrid Alsace/German style -- quite dry, restrained, but without quite alsace weight. Quite good at about 8 quid a bottle.
  • Chardonnay 95 (Petaluma) Croser likes this vintage. Quite quiet and hard to assess at this stage. Are they always like this young?
  • Coonawarra 94 (Petaluma) Slightly leafy fruit, warm cabernet in the mouth. Could be quite good.
  • Coonawarra 88 (Petaluma) Best slightly older Coonawarra I've had from Petaluma. Good colour, and opened up in the glass to produce some orangy pencil flavours. Quite good, perhaps drinking at best? (I've always been a bit suspicious of how these age - this ones going nicley though.)
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01/01/1997 (TNB)

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