At lunch today a friend provided a 1969 Wynns ‘Claret’. This was something of a misnomer as the label revealled it was, in fact, a cabernet-shiraz blend. It was a supremely aromatic, elegant aged wine that at 42 years of age was more than just perfectly sound and a curiousity – really close to perfection. Went well with a spicy duck dish.
As I always say if you are going to cellar wine it is important to focus on big name brands such as Wynns and Penfolds. These brands have a reputation to defend and even their less expensive brands can age into something that is close to perfection.
Update: 14/11. Today I encountered, again over lunch, a 1988 Taltarni French Syrah. Not nearly as good as the Wynns and a mere youthful adult in terms of ageing at a mere 23 years. It needed a fair bit of breathing – a great plum bouquet and a strong acidic palate – a bit past it though as the fruit has faded. Perfectly sound but not a great old wine. I can remember it was a glorious wine in its youth which is when it should have been drunk. Taltarni sell these old wines now for $120 a bottle. That’s a bit pricey in my view.
Update: 24/11. A 1994 Lake’s Folly “Cabernets”. Its drinkable and quite pleasant – ranked high among the post-1980 Lakes Folly cabernets – but, to be objective, well past its best. I’ve got 11 more of these and they should have ideally been drink 5 years ago. You learn. They will not last long.