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I’d had this for a few years and finally opened it just because. Perhaps not the finest of 30yo Tawnies, but very good indeed. …

Mid-deep amber-tawny, with olive at the rim. Smoky, oxidative nut – walnut. Rancio / butter. Orange peel. Spice. Raisin & chocolate touches. On the …

I wasn’t sure how this would be, given that 1975 is certainly not the Vintage of the 70s! But in the end, though it …

[Faint signature: António Agrellos] My first Nacional, courtesy of an MW student trip to the Douro. The range-tasting at Noval was very special, with …

A surprise finale to Richard Hemming’s JR.com Riesling blind tasting – a classically-styled Beerenauslese (albeit more fruit-forward), but from South Africa. Nicely-balanced acidity and …

My Yquem virginity lost at the Bordeaux MW Gala dinner. Though from an inauspicious vintage this showed length, elegance and relatively early maturity. Pale …

An entertaining end to dinner Chez Bruce pre-Christmas, with corkage, Jack, Rob, Kari, Ruth and Helen. After Corton-Charlemagne, Le Dôme 01 and Laforge 03, …

This was in our First Year Assessment: a cryo-extracted sweet Marlborough Riesling… So I needed to retaste it and understand why it was (apparently) …

[Sweet power. Gerhard Kracher] So, according to Herr Kracher, the beerenauslesen and other botrytised wines are his main aim, with Eiswein being a back-up …

Not quite as beautifully-balanced as the 2010 La Tour Blanche – which just had a touch more acidity – but showing the quality of …