Est. 2011

Quinta da Eira Velha

Quinta da Eira Velha

Founded 1978
Owner Fladgate Partnership (Taylor-Fonseca Group)

This quinta has documented the date of the property to the beginning of the 16th century i.e. 1513. It was used as a single quinta port of Cockburn and was bought by the firm Hunt Roope in 1893 and was the main component of Hunt, Roope & Co.’s Tuke Holdsworth Vintage Port. Between 1918 and 1938 it was used to make Graham before supplying Ferreira. Eira Velha was bought by the Newman’s in 1938 and has before been owned by one of the most famous port figures in history of port, Cable Roope, who was a partner in the port house Hunt Roope. They had bought the quinta in 1893 and its grapes for port since 1809. Hunt also made a Single Quinta from Eira Velha. The Newman family has deep roots in the port trade dating back to 1679.

Ferreira bought the firm of Hunt Roope in 1956 and the Newman family retained the Quinta. In 1979 an arrangement was made with the Cockburn to manage the quinta on behalf of the Newmans. Quinta da Eira Velha was also marketed as an exceptional single quinta wine; the vintage 1978 under the Cockburn brand and thereafter under the Martinez label, with the vintage 2000 being the last Eira Velha single quinta produced by Martinez.

The two Englishmen Peter and Richard Newman, from the Newman family sold this marvellous quinta to the Taylor Fonseca group in 2007.

Quinta da Eira Velha Vintages:1890 (Hunt), 1896 (Hunt), 1902 (TukeHoldsworth), 1943 (Hunt, Hunt, Roope & Co), 1945 (Hunt), 1953, 1974, 1975, 1978 (Cockburn), 1982 (Cockburn), 1987, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2011

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
Hunt, Roope & Co
ColourAlmost tawny in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetPharmacy, hospital and a little burned sugar in the nose.Score range15.90 - 15.90
TasteMedium body. Mature and even old. Burned sugar in taste. Balanced with a quite distinctive finish.Average score
Last tasted7th September 2013Point this date15.90
CommentOn a party at home with the family and wine friends.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha CockburnVintage1978
ColourBeautiful, mature yellow in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetCoffee, tea, cacao and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range16.75 - 16.75
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and at its peak. Cacao and chocolate in flavour. Balanced and elegant with a wonderful finish. Quite surprising and extraordinary!Average score
Last tasted15th November 2012Point this date16.75
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.

In 2012 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings1
BouquetToffee, cream candy crème caramel and some herbs in the nose.Score range16.25 - 16.25
TasteHardly medium body. Mature and peaking with some very round and elegant tannin but will not be better. Balanced and very enjoyable. Elegant and rather complex. Very easy to drink and with a seductive but maybe rather short finish.Average score
Last tasted26th February 2021Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourBlack in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetVery fruity, dark cherry and blackberry in the nose.
TasteMedium body. Sweet. Lots of tannin. Will develop but had a rather short finish.
Last tasted8th November 2018Rating this dateVery good
CommentAt the Wine Society 18% Great Tasting in Malmö.
This bottle is defect and the tasting note is from 26 September 1995.
Port so young we evaluate only as : Good – Very good- Impressive – Very Impressive
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourYellow mature quite nice in colour.Number of tastings3
BouquetLovely quite complex bouquet of old grocery shop, toffee, coffee, crème caramel, sweet liquorice, dried fruit and much more.Score range16.40
TasteMedium body. Astonishing mature and peaking but with some delicate and elegant tannins. Will probably improve. Very tasty with fudge, toffee, crème caramel and grocery shop dominating. Balanced and quite complex with an attractive and quite impressive finish. Very easy to like and drink.Average score16.30
Last tasted12th December 2020Point this date16.40
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourYellow mature colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetLovely nose of coffee, tea and old grocery shop.Score range15.00 - 16.50
TasteQuite full-bodied. Mature and on top. Elegant and complex port with a lovely finish. Very good indeed.Average score
Last tasted3rd November 2008Point this date16.50
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourQuite dark blue with a yellow mature rim.Number of tastings2
BouquetCoffee, tea and old grocery shop in the nose.Score range15.50 - 15.50
TasteMedium body. Flavour of dried fruit. Rather full-bodied. Elegant. Still some tannin but a nice finish. Will develop a lot.Average score15.50
Last tasted26th August 2008Point this date15.50
CommentAt home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
HouseQuinta da Eira Velha
ColourStill very dark, almost black in colour.Number of tastings2
BouquetDark cherry and berry in the nose.Score range15.00 - 15.00
TasteMedium body. Easy to drink and like. Immature and still full of tannins. Nice finish but will probably not be a long runner.Average score15.00
Last tasted11th November 2007Point this date15.00
CommentAt the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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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