The Big Fortified Tasting - 6th of April 2011 - Glazier’s Hall
14 December 2011
Ehrmanns is very proud to be part of The Big Fortified Tasting as we have two very strong brands to show : Bacalhoa ( Moscatel – Portugal ) and Williams & Humbert ( Sherry – Spain ).
Bacalhoa – our Trophy winning brand – will be shown on Table 31.
Founded in 1922 in the heart of the Setubal peninsula, Bacalhoa is one of Portugal’s winemaking pioneers and leading wine producers. There are regular investments in new plantings and property acquisition with wineries in Alentejo, Setubal Peninsula ( Azeitao ),Lisbon, Bairrada, Dao and Douro. Bacalhoa is commited to fusing tradition and innovation to produce wines of superior quality.
In addition to the 2 Moscatels currently in our portfolio, we will be having a vertical tasting of moscatel from 1983 to 2004. This in one opportunity not to be missed.
Tim Atkin has just reviewed 4 of these wines – he wrote :
“1983 Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal Superior (18.5%)
Very dark colour, rich, oxidative. Molasses and figs on the nose, very very concentrated. Almost too much of a good thing? Old wood, cathedrals. Very, very sweet, PX-like again, but with some redeeming acidity. Possibly a little heavy on the palate. Very floral, rose petal, with just a touch of spirit/geranium on the finish.
92 points “
“2000 Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal Roxo (18.5%)?
Pale amber, bronze highlights. Nose dominated by spirit. Quite closed. More oak-influenced and the oak/ageing has dried the wine out a little, giving it a Sherry-like note. Rich palate, rancio/Rivesaltes notes. Nutty/figgy. Medium length. Slight heat on the back palate.?
1999 Bacalhôa Moscatel de Setubal (18.5%) ?
Very pale, light bronze/amber. Hint of orange. Aromatic, but with a hint of geranium. Spirit-doninated. Dusty, time-etched. Very sweet, orange rind, molasses. Almost a quintessence. The Essencia of Moscatel? Spirity finish.
89 points *This is also our IWC Trophy winner!
2004 Bacalhôa, Moscatel de Setubal (17.5%)
Very pale, ethereal colour, orange-tinged, browning, yet still very bright. Hugely varietal, orange marmalade nose. Palate very sweet with orange rind and some rose petal. Still young. Spirity finish with a slight alcoholic burn.
For more information and wine reviews by Tim Atkin MW – go to www.timatkin.com
Williams & Humbert - the iconic Sherry House - will be on Table 9
Founded in Jerez in 1877 by two enterprising Englishmen, Williams & Humbert is internationally recognised for the quality of its portfolio. Today the company is located on tehoutskirts of town in modern cellars where traditional Solera methods of production are maintained.
Williams & Humbert sherries have numerous high profile fans ( Tim Atkin, Anthony Rose, Oz Clarke, etc…). It had an amazing 5 sherries making it to the top 119 – 2010 Spanish New Wave Awards ( more than 800 wines were tasted ) and two of them even bagged a trophy : Alegria Manzanilla was selected “Best Value Fortified” and Don Guido PX was selected “Best Sweet Fortified”. They will be both available to taste on the day.
For more information on the tasting – go to www.thebft.co.uk
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