The winter of 1982/3 was marked by extreme cold weather in February, when snow fell in Pinhão for the first time in twenty years. Poor flowering in many vineyards and overall an unusually cold year, including the month of August. However, September was hot.
The harvest was late, starting on October 3rd ,but perfect conditions prevailed. Colour extraction was more than satisfactory and the winemakers’ notes at the time record that the ‘musts’ were exceptionally aromatic.
Deep cherry, burgundy colour, fading at the rim. Rich, jammy harmonious fruit. Stylish, aromatic, concentrated fruit flavours. Raisin, chocolate; plum jam. Medium-full bodied. Rounded tannins. Complex, fleshy wine.
The 1983 Vintage Port is up for a status check. It is in a pretty good place now. It's been as hard as nails over the years. Not anymore. With...
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