A tasting I presented at Glasgow University. A wild assortment of styles and origins presented blind.
Deep tawny purple, fading to brick red.
Lush, complex, mature nose of bacon, mushrooms and undergrowth - appetising.
Medium bodied with sweet, minty cassis fruit, juicy acidity and a long, firm finish.
Outstanding value - drinking now and over the next 2 to 3 years.
Opaque purple/red, pinking slighty at rim.
Fairly mute on the nose but some depth with berry and oak aromas.
Medium bodied with sweet, juicy, fresh raspberry flavours, good integration, and a long savoury, tobacco and oak finish.
Showing well now, probably best with food. Very good.
Opaque purple with a pink rim.
Dense, dumb nose of cassis, tar and oak.
Big, full-bodied wine with sweet cassis and mint flavours, hard tannins and a good, oaky finish.
Needs 3 to 6 years, but impressive.
Opaque purple/red, paling slightly at rim.
Lurking, immature mint and cassis nose with hints of pencil shavings.
Full bodied with juicy cassis and mint flavours, firm tannins and good length.
Very concentrated, thick and chewy but the acidity is still a bit raw.
Very good, but needs 4 to 10 years.
Very deep black/red fading evenly to red/pink.
Stewed nose of forest fruits and raspberries with some oak and vanilla.
Full bodied and chewy with rich, savoury, salty, meaty flavours, cassis fruit, integrated tannins and acids, and a good, pure finish.
Salty, savoury and gorgeous now, it could do with a rare steak.
Very good value.
Opaque red/purple with some fading to pink/purple.
Lurking, dense nose of cassis and cream, with leafy, oaky undertones - tangy and not yet fully developed.
Medium to full bodied with jammy cassis, leather, candied fruits and a slightly medicinal tang.
Rich acidity and powdery, but firm, tannins lead into a long, dry, oaky finish.
Gorgeous at the moment, but will improve.
Opaque red/purple with some fading at rim.
Rich, tangy, complex nose of ripe cassis, mint, cream and oak - not really there yet.
Full bodied with superbly integrated tannins and acids, and sweet and sour cassis and oak flavours.
Long, creamy, savoury finish with oaky notes.
Still a bit young, but what a wine! Demands a steak.
Opaque red/purple with slight redding at rim.
Young but complex nose with lush cassis, cream, mushroom and eucalyptus aromas.
Full bodied and intense with sweet and sour flavours of cassis, beef and leather.
Superbly integrated with slightly dusty tannins, tangy acidity and a long, complex, savoury finish.
Needs a steak and/or 5 years.
Fantastic but the 1994 has the edge.
Opaque purple/red with very slight paling at rim.
Still a bit closed on the nose but wow! - Rich, alcoholic aromas of cassis, mint, cocoa and leather.
Full bodied with a thick texture, ripe tannins , well integrated acidity, charred oak and rich concentrated cassis/raspberry and dark chocolate flavours.
Long, tangy finish with spicy oak.
Outstanding. Needs another 5 to 10 years to show its best, but I wouldn't spit it out now.
Opaque red/purple with some redding at the rim.
Baked plums, forest fruits and allspice on a nose with strong alcoholic/phenolic notes.
Full bodied, thick and sweet, with a rich cough mixture and black bun flavour.
Little if any tannins show over the fruit, making this a star for early drinking.
[This went down very well with all of the tasters, but it was identified as fortified shiraz or Recioto di Valpolicella by most tasters.]