Not a good vintage but was my birth year. I prefered this to the 83 though. This was more full bodied and richer. The wine seemed too young for its age and had lots of spicy minty flavours too. I got mostly bright red cherries and touch of fresh leather. On the first night that this was opened, there was markedly more barnyardish notes which had one fren exclaiming...Poop! But I do love such flavours. Feels ruggard and country to me. Holding up quite well I thought.
Chinese New Year Lunch with Lawrence (The Lee's at AMK): From a magnum that was opened the night before. Still going strong. Nose had me thinking Aussie Shiraz for some reason, with prunes, plums and blueberry notes laced with plenty of varnish and glycerol, sprigs of menthol and a funky, meaty edge. Plenty of acid on the palate, and still with quite a bit of berry and cherry fruit on show. I thought it was just a little on the lean side, but Lawrence thought it was fine. Towards the shortish finish, there was eucalyptus, mint and more leathery, meaty notes before a final sprinkle of spice. Not terribly complex or exciting for a 29 year old wine en magnum, but very pleasant indeed.