1958 ports represent a good year with some fragrant and delicate Vintage Ports, despite the rather damp weather conditions throughout. This year was declared by some, but not all, of the major Port houses.
The Fonseca 1958 Port is golden and nearly tawny in colour. On the nose dark cherry and elegant aromas. Rather full bodied on the palate, sweet, complex and balanced with burnt sugar. Elegant finish.
The spirit is clean with a gentle floral edge. There are dried fig, raisin, chocolate and liquorice smells. It is lacy and ethereal in the mouth. It has good cut and detail right through the palate and one is left with a wonderful inner mouth perfume once the wine is swallowed.
The Sandeman 1958 Vintage Port is a lovely wine for drinking now. 1958 was a fairly small vintage which wasn’t as widely declared as the 1955s or 1960s. Medium-bodied, with soft red fruit tones, overtones of dried fruits and wood smoke, this is a traditional after-dinner sipping Port.