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Taylor’s 1985 Vintage Port



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Taylor’s 1985 Vintage Port



The 1985 vintage was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet winter, with night temperatures at Pinhão well below freezing point between the 7th and 15th January. Bud burst took place early in April and flowering around the end of May. Berry set was excellent, and the young bunches perfectly formed. The summer was hot throughout the regions, with no rainfall during July and August.

Picking began early at Vargellas and other Taylor vineyards in the Upper Douro Valley, the grapes having generally reached maturity by 15th September. Picking took place under clear skies, with mild, warm days and cool nights. The grapes were healthy and evenly ripened, giving well-balanced must with high sugar levels. The cool night temperatures helped to produce long, even fermentations, allowing the musts to be well worked and producing rich, aromatic full-bodied wines with magnificent depth of colour and firm tannic structure. By the close of the harvest it was apparent that the year had produced wines of exceptional quality in all areas of the Douro and there was justified optimism among the shippers as to the prospects of a declaration.


Deep ruby, purple inky colour. Powerful ripe berry fruit aromas. Excellent balance and complexity. Delightful fresh intensity. Big, full bodied, well structured palate. Superb depth and richness. Good long finish. Delicious served alongside Stilton, Cashel Blue, Roquefort, Gorgonzola and Saint Agur Blue cheeses.


If you have a decanter, use it for old vintage wines, since they throw a sediment as they age. If you do not, try ‘double decanting’, which achieves the same effect: pour the port in to a suitable neutral receptacle, such as a jug. Take especial care towards the end of the bottle – use natural light or a candle to see when the sediment starts to be poured. Without undue wastage, stop pouring at this point. Rinse then drain the original bottle, then pour the decanted port back in to serve. The process also opens up the full depth of tastes and aromas to be enjoyed.

"Impressively deep, intense, plumy; rich, figgy concentrated nose; fairly sweet, full-bodied, rich, good length… with that extra Taylor after taste. Great potential. 5 stars potentially outstanding." Michael Broadbent MW, The Great Vintage Wine Book II


We aim to keep our vintage information up to date but the vintage displayed may not always being the vintage in stock. If you require a specific vintage please get in touch.
, Tinta Amarela
AllergensMay contain allergens please contact us if you require any additional information
Biodynamic No
Organic No
Natural No
Grape Tinta Amarela
Vegan Yes
Oak Levels No
Vegetarian Yes
Vintage 1985
ABV 20.50%
Bottle Size 750ml
Wine Types Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
Country Portugal
Producer Taylors Port
EW Bin Number POR010
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