Warres 1985 Vintage Port is a classic wine from a classic vintage which produced concentrated, rich and potent wines with huge ageing potential. An excellent example of a mature Port.
Warre’s are one of the leading, and most famous, producers of vintage Port. Along with a handful of other Port producers, Warre has unofficial First Growth status for its fine vintage Ports which are peerless in their expression of poise and elegance. The Warre’s house style combines elegance, length and balance whilst still retaining the underlying rich opulence of great Vintage Port.
The Warre’s Port house style is derived from the characteristic and terroirs of Warre’s two main vineyards – Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro Antigo. Cavadinha’s location, aspect and altitude translate into a cooler ripening cycle providing the freshness, fine subtle floral aromas and ideal acidity, the latter contributing significantly to the wines’ longevity. Retiro Antigo’s location in the hotter Rio Torto Valley, combined with the fact that just over 70% of the vineyard is made up of old, mixed vines, results in wines that show great intensity, concentration and complexity. Their powerful structure also provides great staying power.
18 months after the 1985 harvest, the Vintage was formally ‘declared’ and at the time, Michael Symington wrote: “The acid test of course, before any declaration of a Vintage is how the wines look after having passed through their second winter, because it can often happen that young wines showing great promise fall off during the cold months of their second winter, but happily the 1985s have come through with flying colours.”
This vintage Port will require decanting, please check out the guide to decanting Port wines.