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Mature Vintage Port

In 1985

'Back to the Future' premieres
Vodafone launches the UK's first mobile phone network
Ronald Reagan is sworn in for a second term
EastEnders is aired for the first time
Commodore Amiga is launched
Super Mario Bros. is released
The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight
Microsoft releases first version of Windows

Vintage Port is a bargain at the best of times but this one represents unbelievably good value. 1985 has long been regarded as an excellent Port Vintage; arguably the best for 50 years. After three decades of patient ageing, the Fonseca is really hitting its stride. This is stock which has just shipped from Oporto and therefore has perfect provenance. 

1985 Fonseca

£320 per 6 Bot Case, in bond
£405.42 duty & VAT paid

The 1985 Fonseca is still youthful in appearance with hardly any ageing on the rim. The nose offers kirsch, sloes and Christmas cake. With time, there are subtle notes of dried fig and dates beginning to emerge and add to the complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and beautifully balanced on the supple, rounded entry. It is not quite as complex as the aromatics, with dates and dried fig, the finish mellow and refined. It is very elegant for a Fonseca, weighty but supremely well focused. This is a fabulous Fonseca that is ready to drink now, but will age for another 30 or 40 years. Drink now-2030+.
93 points Neal Martin   

Fonseca 1985 never fails to impress: tight-knit, dense and minty with a core of concentration and pure berry fruit. Succulent, wonderfully fresh and vibrant at 30 years old. Peacock’s tail of a finish. A real ‘wow’ of a wine that promises to last a lifetime.
96 pts Richard Mayson

Full bodied. Powerful. Still opaque; soft, sweet fleshy. Well-endowed with fruit, alcohol and tannin for longevity. My style of wine. Magnificent. Drink 1998-2030. Potentially outstanding.
5 stars Michael Broadbent
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