I had a rude shock on Thursday 22 March, 2007 when I attempted to open a bottle of Binomio Montepulciano D’Abruzzo DOC 2000. I used my trusty German WMF Korkenzieher which has never failed to do the job until now. The cork refused to budge despite my best efforts. Later. I brought out the heavy artillery and used my KDK lever action corkscrew. Before using it, I carefully inserted the blade of my Swiss Army knife all around the circumference of the cork. Then, the cork was finally out!
I found out why it had been so difficult to remove. This cork is 5.5cm long when most other corks are only 4.5cm long!
Anyway, the balanced wine was superb with supple tannins and ripe flavours of candied Amarena cherries. I savoured the wine and used some of it to marinade 800g of mixed fruit from Angas Park, South Australia, and then made my ultra delicious marvellous The Travelling Gourmet’s fruit cake with Mauritian vanilla. It came out of the oven after 1 hour and 38 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. It is a cake to kill for. Beautiful!