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Quinta da Água Alta

Borges de Sousa family

Contract with Churchill.

This quinta has been in the same family for two centuries and purchased by the grandfather Sr. Antonio Borges de Sousa and the family is large vineyards owner in Douro. The quinta was marked already on Forrester’s map.

Quinta da Agua Alta Vintages:1983, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2016

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1983
ColourYellow mature quite lovely in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, cream candy, vanilla, dried fruit and figs in the nose.Score range16.50 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Will not be better. Balanced and tasty with toffee, cram candy and vanilla in the mouth. Very easy to drink and enjoy with a lovely, rather long and very attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted21st April 2021Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at home in Second International Online Vintage Tasting with our German Port Friends from World of Port.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1987
ColourDark blue and impressive in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCrème caramel and buttery aroma.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Fruity and still lots of tannin. Quite promising. Will develop. Long finish.Average score
Last tasted29th January 1998Point this date15.50
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1990
ColourStill very dark blue with a yellow rim.Number of tastings3
BouquetComplex flavour of coffee and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.40 - 15.50
TasteMedium-body. Still soft tannins and not quite mature yet. Long good finish. Surprisingly good port!Average score15.43
Last tasted29th August 2007Point this date15.40
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1992
ColourStill quite ruby in colour.Number of tastings2
Bouquet Cacao, some violets, liquorice, spring flowers and dried fruit in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced with some nice acidity. Will probably not be much better. Dark berry and dried fruit but also some cacao and sweet liquorice in taste. Interesting and quite attractive finish but without any real finesse and elegance.Average score
Last tasted8th November 2018Point this date15.90
CommentAt the 18% Wine Society Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2018 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1995
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetNot so good nose. Something wrong with this bottle.Score range
TasteMedium-body, light and rather mature. Short finish.Average score
Last tasted29th August 2007Point this date13.90
CommentAt the Danish Port Wine Club est. 1981 tasting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1996
ColourMature yellow in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetThe first hint was quite okay with liquorice and salmiak but a rapid smell of old hospital, pharmacy and volatile acidity came soon in the nose.Score range14.00 - 14.00
TasteMedium bodied. Unbalanced with some volatile acidity but still drinkable and rather enjoyable with a quite nice finish.Average score
Last tasted12th July 2019Point this date14.00
CommentAt home with the family.
This bottle was not quite OK.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua Alta
Churchill
Vintage1998
ColourYellow quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLiquorice, salmiak, some cacao and old grocery shop with a hint of spiciness the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced, quite complex and tasty with lots of liquorice and old grocery shop in the mouth and a quite attractive finish.Average score
Last tasted12th July 2019Point this date16.25
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta de Agua AltaVintage2016
ColourVery dark, nearly black in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetGinger bread, Christmas spiciness and mulberry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Immature with nice tannins but balanced of course. Ginger bread and Christmas spiciness in taste. Very elegant port and easy to drink with a long tannic finish. Quite promising.
Last tasted30th November 2018Rating this dateVery Impressive
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Leverkusen, Germany

Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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