Est. 2011

Semi-Great Vintage Port Tasting

Vintage 1958

Our wine club 'The Wine Society 18%' celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. Since 2005 we have once a year had a Great Tasting of either a Vintage or a house. We are 15 members and have five meetings per year and then some extra every now and then. As we are only 15 members, we can have quite rare bottles in our tastings since one bottle is enough. The meetings are in Malmö, Sweden. In November we have had Great Tastings and we have previously arranged such tastings of 1947, 1960, 1963 (twice), 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984 and 1988 and three times House Tastings which were Cockburn, Ferreira and Fonseca-Guimaraens.

We have found out that 20 different houses is a reasonable quantity needed to call it a Great Tasting so this tasting of the vintage 1958 is what we call a Semi-Great Tasting, as we had only 13 houses and 1 extra Old and Selected Tawny bottled on the 21st of May, 1958.

We were 17 participants in the tastings. We often have guests and if you are visiting Malmö, please let us know and you can maybe participate next time. The tasting was semi-blind i.e. we knew which houses participated but not what we had in each glass.

The vintage 1958 is today 58 years old but the wines were very good and elegant on the whole with a lot of old sweetness and a balanced acidity. They were all very attractive in the finish and very easy to enjoy and drink! Maybe a bit surprisingly Gonzalez-Byass ended up in the top together with more well-known Sandeman and Warre's.

The 1958 Vintage is to be regarded as one of the classic Vintages, and we know of 21 houses who had declared this vintage and we know of 42 different brands from this vintage. After a cold and rainy summer, the beginning of October was very hot and the harvests were held under perfect conditions. However, some companies did not declare production because of the proximity of the excellent 1955 Vintage.

According to Broadbent 12 shippers declared this vintage. Broadbent gave this vintage *** out of 5*, Suckling 84 points out of 100 i.e. a Good Vintage. We rated it as Very Good Vintage and gave it 7 out of 10 points.

The bottles from the tasting.
1958 part1

1958 part2

Warre's and Quinta do Noval
Warres 1958 Quinta do Noval 1958

Tasting notes. Note that the points are for the actual bottle tasted. Read about how we set point on the page "How to understand our points valuations"

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HouseBorges & IrmaoVintage1958
ColourStill rather dark but beautiful, amber and mature yellow in colour.
BouquetToffee, butterscotch, fudge, roasted coffee beans, cacao, some Christmas raisin and candy in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking but balanced with some acidity and some old sweetness. A lovely port easy to drink and enjoy now! Complex and with a long and attractive finish.
SAI point16.90JB point16.75SS point17.00Group point15.68
SAI rank6JB rank8SS rank5Group rank10
ColourMature yellow, quite beautiful in colour.
BouquetToffee, crème caramel,, honey, mint and some herbs.
TasteMedium and even light in the body. Mature and peaking. Quite dry and maybe a little “tired” but easy to drink and enjoy. Elegant and quite complex with maybe a little short but nice finish.
SAI point16.75JB point16.90SS point16.00Group point15.68
SAI rank7JB rank6SS rank9Group rank10
HouseGonzalez ByassVintage1958
ColourBeautiful, still rather dark but amber in colour.
BouquetCrème caramel, butter-scotch, fudge, some violet, Christmas raisin, cherry, cacao, dark chocolate, coffee in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking, absolutely on top! Balanced with some elegant sweetness. Toffee, butterscotch, crème caramel and a lot of other things in the taste. Wonderful port with a long, attractive and complex finish.
SAI point18.00JB point17.40SS point18.00Group point16.29
SAI rank1JB rank4SS rank1Group rank4
ColourRather dark but beautiful amber, mature in colour.
BouquetLovely bouquet of butter-scotch, cream candy, bonbons, cacao and much more in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Cannot be better and is absolutely on top! Elegant with some balanced acidity and old lovely sweetness. Butterscotch and cacao in taste. The finish is very long and very attractive. A lovely port indeed.
SAI point17.90JB point16.50SS point17.90Group point16.25
SAI rank2JB rank10SS rank2Group rank5
HouseFinest and Selected Old Tawny Martinez & GassiotVintage0
ColourQuite dark and tawny on colour with an olive-green edge.
BouquetButterscotch, some toffee, crème caramel, bonbons and nuts in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature. Balance and elegant port with crème caramel and butterscotch in taste. Lovely port with a quite attractive finish. Easy to drink and to like.
SAI point16.40JB point17.75SS point16.25Group point16.71
SAI rank8JB rank3SS rank8Group rank1
CommentBottled 21 May 1958
HouseQuinta do Jordao Real VinicolaVintage1958
ColourStill rather dark but mature yellow in colour.
BouquetCinnamon, some varnish but also toffee, butter-scotch, and Christmas spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Quite elegant port. Toffee and butter-scotch in the taste. Complex and balanced port with a surprisingly attractive finish.
SAI point16.00JB point16.90SS point16.00Group point15.75
SAI rank11JB rank6SS rank9Group rank9
HouseQuinta do Junco Borges & IrmaoVintage1958
ColourStill very dark but with a yellow, mature edge in colour.
BouquetChristmas spiciness, cacao, dark chocolate, orange zest but rather flat and dull in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and probably peaking. Balanced but rather dull in taste but some cacao and spiciness exist. Still however some complexity and a nice finish.
SAI point15.00JB point15.00SS point14.90Group point15.11
SAI rank14JB rank13SS rank14Group rank13
HouseQuinta do NovalVintage1958
ColourAlmost tawny in colour.
BouquetCrème caramel, butter-scotch, fudge, Christmas raisin and some orange zest in the nose.
TasteMedium body and maybe a little light. Mature and maybe even a little old. Balanced and enjoyable port. Butter-scotch and fudge in taste. Quite generous and with a nice finish but this port is not impressive and has probably been much better.
SAI point15.25JB point14.50SS point15.90Group point14.43
SAI rank13JB rank14SS rank13Group rank14
HouseQuinta de Vargellas TaylorVintage1958
ColourLight tawny in colour.
BouquetElegant fudge, sweetness, butter-scotch, and crème caramel in the nose.
TasteMedium body. A light and very mature port with fudge in flavour. Rather complex with butter-scotch and sweetness in taste. Balanced and quite elegant with a quite interesting but rather short finish.
SAI point15.90JB point16.25SS point16.00Group point15.68
SAI rank12JB rank12SS rank9Group rank10
ColourBeautiful, yellow mature almost amber in colour.
BouquetGinger, cinnamon, butter-scotch, berry, some orange, toffee and crème caramel and even some Christmas spiciness in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and maybe even over its peak but sweet and elegant. Cinnamon, coffee, butter-scotch, spiciness and much more in flavour. A long and very attractive finish.
SAI point17.25JB point17.90SS point17.50Group point15.96
SAI rank4JB rank2SS rank3Group rank7
HouseSouza, Guedes & IrmaoVintage1958
ColourMature yellow and amber in colour. Quite beautiful.
BouquetCoffee, tea, cacao, butterscotch some crème caramel and Christmas spiciness and mint in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature, peaking and on top. Crème caramel and butterscotch and much more in taste. Balanced, with lovely sweetness and elegant port with a complex and long finish. Very good indeed.
SAI point16.25JB point17.00SS point16.00Group point15.79
SAI rank10JB rank5SS rank9Group rank8
HouseTuke Holdsworth Hunt, Roope & Co.Vintage1958
ColourMature yellow almost tawny in colour.
BouquetViolet, spring flower, some candy, toffee and mint and also wormwood in the nose.
TasteHardly medium body. Mature and at its peak. Toffee and flowers in flavour. Complex and balanced port with a quite attractive finish.
SAI point16.40JB point16.75SS point16.50Group point16.11
SAI rank8JB rank8SS rank7Group rank6
ColourStill rather dark but mature yellow in colour.
BouquetLovely bouquet of herbs, pepper, coffee, figs, butter-scotch, crème caramel and much more in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and at its peak. Absolutely on top! Balanced with a hint of acidity and some lovely old sweetness! Flavour of butter-scotch and old grocery shop. Complex and attractive port with a long and perfect finish. Wonderful just now but drink up.
SAI point17.40JB point18.25SS point17.50Group point16.64
SAI rank3JB rank1SS rank3Group rank2
HouseWiese & KrohnVintage1958
ColourStill rather dark but yellow mature in colour.
BouquetSweetness, candy, butter-scotch, Christmas spiciness, cacao and liquorice in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and absolutely on top! Balanced and complex port with butterscotch and candy in taste. Very elegant with a quite long and very attractive finish.
SAI point17.00JB point16.50SS point17.00Group point16.35
SAI rank5JB rank10SS rank5Group rank3

Last tasted:

1st April
Graham’s Malvedos 1987
31st March
Calem 2002
30th March
Constantinos 1960
F. Martins
Hutcheson 1960
Quinta do Sibio
Real Vinicola 1960
29th March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1974
Joven 1974
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1974
21st March
Fonseca-Guimaraens 1995
Quinta do Bomfim
Dow 1995
Quinta do Infantado 1995
Quinta do Noval 1995
Quinta de Terra Feita
Taylor 1995
Quinta de Vargellas
Taylor 1995
Quinta do Vesuvio 1995


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