Every month I'll be sharing with you the best, the worst and the most surprising wine I've tried. So for October...
The Good: 2007 Graham's Vintage Port (Portugal)
Ok, so I know it won't be available for another 18 months, but this is a seriously good port. Remarkably fresh on the nose, but with a palate full of leather, wood and alcohol, means that this is wine to put away for a quarter of a century. Order your case now.
The Bad: 2008 Wickham Vintage Selection Dry (England)
I should be supporting the English winemakers. It is a local product, there is the whole carbon footprint thing to worry about, and if the greenies are to be believed, it means we can shun the rest of the world and drink wines made from obscure grape varieties that the wine making world has shunned. Thing is, for us to even consider buying English wine, rubbish like this needs to be obliterated from the market. To say it is bad is an understatement.
The Surprising: 2001 Conde Cabernet Sauvignon (South Africa)
This wine, despite not being anywhere what you would consider a 'fine wine', has aged pretty well, and despite losing a lot of it's primary fruit, was still an enjoyable old wine. It is past it's best, that is for certain, but it was still nice to drink.