Taylors 1985 would be the perfect drinking Port leading up to the festive period. Lovely and mature, with the pedigree of Taylors. The 1985 vintage was preceded by an exceptionally cold, wet winter, with night temperatures at Pinho 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.