there are some new reviews oozing though here, but we're not deckin em up all pretty til we work out an otherwise unborn style for this sleazy rube we call drankster


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that's a George Grainger Aldridge cartoon ... obviously a pre-screwcap man



23 September 2008

FORTIFIED

Coates McLaren Vale Fortified Shiraz 2005
$27; (500ml.); 20% alcohol; Diam compound cork; 94++ points
Hand-picked organic fruit, foot-trodden in a shallow fermenter, left to lure wild yeast, fortified with grand old brandy spirit and locked in old oak for twenty months, makes this close to being the best young Australian vintage port I can recall. You just couldn't make it in a refinery, or with any other style of wine- making. Moody and mellow, with dried fig, dates and citrus rind in its spicy Xmas pud, it's already beautifully assimilated, but it's sullen compared to what it'll look like in 25 years. Or more. Stilton and walnuts. www.coates-wines.com

Lindemans Bin 1280 Vintage Port 1957
$n/a; no alcohol listed; cork; drunk 25 APR 09; 93 points
Other than name and score, this wine managed to elude my notepad, but I recall a syrupy, sweet, perfectly-formed port which did not give me a hangover.

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