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In 1981, Ron Barassi returned to coach the Demons and I purchased bottle no. 221 of a batch of 1981 bottles to mark the start of a "new era for the Demons". I swore that I would only open and drink it when we won our next flag, which of course I expected would happen by 1986 in accordance with Ron's five year plan. 

It's been a very long 40 year wait since then. Anyone else still sitting on a bottle of this rare drop? I wonder how it will taste when I open it tomorrow night?

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7 hours ago, Flower Magic said:

In 1981, Ron Barassi returned to coach the Demons and I purchased bottle no. 221 of a batch of 1981 bottles to mark the start of a "new era for the Demons". I swore that I would only open and drink it when we won our next flag, which of course I expected would happen by 1986 in accordance with Ron's five year plan. 

It's been a very long 40 year wait since then. Anyone else still sitting on a bottle of this rare drop? I wonder how it will taste when I open it tomorrow night?

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My dad had some of that. He got it the year before my brother was born. All gone now.

1981, shi… makes me feel so old

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10 hours ago, Flower Magic said:

In 1981, Ron Barassi returned to coach the Demons and I purchased bottle no. 221 of a batch of 1981 bottles to mark the start of a "new era for the Demons". I swore that I would only open and drink it when we won our next flag, which of course I expected would happen by 1986 in accordance with Ron's five year plan. 

It's been a very long 40 year wait since then. Anyone else still sitting on a bottle of this rare drop? I wonder how it will taste when I open it tomorrow night?

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Had to drink mine way back in '88, due to a change in address/interstate removal. It was smooth but starting to turn and a little 'gritty' on the palate (separating influences in the taste), despite excellent care over the years. However, I did not regret having it as it was good quality. Hope your bottle has lasted and matured well. Around that time, I was very keen on 10 litre American Oak casks and tawnies from Rutherglen/Milawa (BB). Blame the trips to the snowfields, for that preference (and widespread sampling. :-)

 

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12 hours ago, Flower Magic said:

In 1981, Ron Barassi returned to coach the Demons and I purchased bottle no. 221 of a batch of 1981 bottles to mark the start of a "new era for the Demons". I swore that I would only open and drink it when we won our next flag, which of course I expected would happen by 1986 in accordance with Ron's five year plan. 

It's been a very long 40 year wait since then. Anyone else still sitting on a bottle of this rare drop? I wonder how it will taste when I open it tomorrow night?

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I’ll go one better Flower Magic - not only do I have a bottle of the Barassi Port, but mine is number 1964. Like you I promised myself I wouldn’t drink it until we won our next flag….

I also have a couple of bottles of the Demons Premiership Port, which is a 1980 vintage port to drink after I have polished off some of the 2009 Demons Heathcote Shiraz. 683C1ABB-D070-4A3B-9D61-4F0D212CAF89.thumb.jpeg.1f751ef535531d7100324c4f4140ca13.jpegC72ADEEB-BB4D-4F4E-A152-0A49D2E2B12C.thumb.jpeg.39f240d221ebc33c25858140cb39751f.jpeg

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IMG_20210925_071819.thumb.jpg.7f32c4eeaed0e7c412ba33a72bbc926d.jpgThis will, I desperately hope, will be opened in celebration at a late lunch today.(British Summer Time).  It was brought over to me by a great Melbourne supporting friend about 20 years ago.  Us Demonlanders have quite a cellar.

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On 9/24/2021 at 10:41 PM, Flower Magic said:

In 1981, Ron Barassi returned to coach the Demons and I purchased bottle no. 221 of a batch of 1981 bottles to mark the start of a "new era for the Demons". I swore that I would only open and drink it when we won our next flag, which of course I expected would happen by 1986 in accordance with Ron's five year plan. 

It's been a very long 40 year wait since then. Anyone else still sitting on a bottle of this rare drop? I wonder how it will taste when I open it tomorrow night?

 

 

 

Drank it! It was bloody beautiful, just like the game. 

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So, last night saw the demise of a bottle of Demons Shiraz, and one of my two Premiership Ports. Both were absolutely magnificent, just like the team.

The second Premiership Port  and the # 1964 Barassi Port are on hold until Chairman Dan lets me gather with a few Demon supporting friends for a joyous evening watching the replay.

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10 minutes ago, No.41 said:

So, last night saw the demise of a bottle of Demons Shiraz, and one of my two Premiership Ports. Both were absolutely magnificent, just like the team.

The second Premiership Port  and the # 1964 Barassi Port are on hold until Chairman Dan lets me gather with a few Demon supporting friends for a joyous evening watching the replay.

I have two bottles of the Ron Barassi Port, #227 and #228, one of which was my dad's who is no longer with me. He sadly died in 1986 just 5 years later. We had always agreed to save them till the next flag, obviously not knowing it would be another 40 years - he would now be 106 and I was beginning to think I would be too! I am now the age he was when we got them.

It is now time to open these liquid time capsules and taste its heady nectar during this heady time. I'm happy to hear after your tasting experience, that after 40 years, it hasn't turned into cheap vinegar or worse and that writhing, agonising convulsions on the floor are at this stage, unlikely. 

I will wait though until I can share it with those who have been on this same journey with me over the years, (my wife won't touch it!) fellow Dees I have been going to games with for a long time.

However there is a yet to be determined time limit.

If we don't open up really soon, it's going to very much be a case of "Ah stuff it!" and then straight down the hatch - and I won't care what happens after that! 

   

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On 9/25/2021 at 12:27 PM, Larry, Moe or Curly said:

I've been hanging on to this and will only open it when we win a flag. Thought that might have been the ladies last year, hope we finally open it tonightIMG_2004.thumb.JPG.4e4fcfdbb5abede068682cc9c141fe99.JPG

I opened mine last night watching the replay. It was not good however still polished off half the bottle.

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