Lighter gold and markedly more acidity and freshness than the 2003. This has the lovely seamless balance between fruit and acidity that is so characteristic of the 2002 vintage. One of my favourite wines.
Light gold, attractively fresh, clean, good weight for difficult vintage with some length but a little dilute in finish. Good apéritif style.
Similar colour to 1996, again evolution on nose, mouth filling texture, good length and fine balance impressive though less opulent than 1997 and less complex than 1996 but completes a fine trio.
Light gold, rather old style Chenin nose, surprisingly mouth filling for this high yielding vintage. Marmalade and other citric fruits with some length. Although inevitably short in comparison to 1990. Decidedly a pleasant surprise.
The severely frost affected vintage with yields on 30% of normal. Some sulphur, quite rich honeyed fruit and a little dilute in the finish.
Mid-gold, though not as deep coloured as some wines from the 1990 vintage. Opulent honeyed fruit but also some restraint too. Texture mouthfiling opulence perhaps lacks just a little complexity and freshness in finish but long lasting flavours. Fine.
Light gold, little aroma, apricot and peach flavours with a touch of caramel and some length. Can't remember often tasting sweets from 1986. Described by Richard as an average year.
Very bizarre wine with a very strong smell of Sarsons vinegar and oxidised. Tiptoe quietly away!
Vintage 1981 (not available)
David Hesketh MW
John Hoskins MW
Richard Kelley MW
Jo Locke MW