Old vines, fine wines
Here was an impressive, varied and delicious demonstration of the quality of wines from old vines. Too small a sample to prove a point, but certainly making a very strong point about the intensity, clarity and inherent balance found in many wines made from gnarly old vineyards such as the one shown here (Henschke's Hill of Grace in Australia's Eden Valley). In Rosa Kruger - old-vine champion Jancis writes more about one aspect of this old vines' seminar organised by the Institute of Masters of Wine as part of their 60th-anniversary celebrations. Here, meanwhile, are my tasting notes, presented in the order...
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