1978 Port Vintage Report

1978 was a good Port vintage but not a declared one. The port wines are not outstanding but are still attractive and drinkable. 1978 was the year when the labelling of 'single quinta' became popular.

Michael Symington, Head Winemaker at Symington Family estates (Owners of Dow and Graham) wrote of the 1978 vintage "Musts showed exceptional colour and body and very dark heavy wines have certainly been made. Not a trace of mould or rot was to be seen on the grapes coming in, and seldom can a Vintage have been made from more uniformly healthy grapes." 1978.


19 products found.

40 Year Old Calem

Tawny Port (Presented in a original Calem gift box as illustrated)

Porto Calem 40 years is the result of a careful blending of wines from the average age of 40 years in oak barrels. Auburn-greenish colour, features notes of dried fruit, spices and honey. The palette is engaging, complex and it has a powerful long finish.
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Price: £119.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

40 Year Old Messias

Tawny Port (Presented in a deluxe gift box with wine accessories as illustrated)

Very pale amber/tawny/orange colour. Fine and delicate aromas of hazelnuts and candied citrus. Quince marmalade character, delicate in style, with finesse and poise. Seemingly quite dry in style towards the finish (not as obviously rich as some here), and supremely refined.


Bottle Size 75cl
ABV 20%
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Price: £89.95
Stock: 16 in Stock

Kopke Port

40 Year Old White Port - Half Bottle 375ml

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.
An extremely rare bottle of 40 years aged White Port. Please note that these are half bottles.

Review:
This Kopke 40 Years Old presents a blondish bright color and a fine and very complex nose, which features dried fruits such as figs and hazelnuts, some candied orange and velvety notes of honey and even citrus fruits.
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Price: £85.00
Stock: 3 in Stock

Port, 1978

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Burmester - Colheita

This is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance, a Casa Burmester classic that is made from a single harvest - a "Vintage Tawny" - aged in small 550-litre oak barrels in our Vila Nova de Gaia Cellars. It is bottled, at the very least, after seven years and in accordance with demand. This is a wine of exceptional quality and elegance. Colheita ports are made from a single harvest - a "Vintage Tawny" - aged in small oak barrels. It is bottled, at the very least, after seven years and in accordance with demand.
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Price: £149.00
Stock: 7 in Stock

Quinta do Noval Nacional, 1978

Vintage Port

Reviews: Roy Hersh - For the love of Port.
The 1978 Quinta do Noval Nacional - exhibits a rather light ruby hue and offered a generous nose full of dates, raisins and a roasted coffee note that was most appealing. The flavours showed figs and currants with a backdrop of blueberry that lingered long on the palate. This was a youthful if not truly immature wine that needs lots more time in decanter or better yet, in cellar to reach its fruition.
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Price: £1295.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Taylor's 40 Year Old, 1978

Tawny Port (HALF BOTTLE - 37.5cl bottle) Includes a leather effect silk lined gift box

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.

This Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 40 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: £74.50
Stock: 5 in Stock

Taylor's Port, 1978

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Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port

Dark red almost like a pinot noir to look at. On the nose very strong berry fruits. On the palate hints of the Vargellas fire. Long aftertaste and plenty of tannins. Excellent.
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Price: £189.00
Stock: 1 in Stock

Sandeman Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port (presented in Sandeman gift box).

Sandeman is a regular Decanter World Wine Awards Gold- and Trophy-winner for its supremely refined tawnies. This has lovely lifted aromas and flavours of chocolate- covered sultanas and orange peel. Seductive and creamy with perfect poise for its age.

Deep and intense, with aromas of vanilla, oak and honey, Sandeman 40 Year Tawny Port has wonderful tasting notes of dried fruits, spices, and nut. Serve chilled to enjoy each layered flavour to the max.

Dark raisin and dried apricot flavours manifest on this immensely dark, old gold hued wine. Enormous concentration, as with the initially, almost painful acidity that comes through the spirit.
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Price: £119.00
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1978 Barros Port

Colheita Port (Includes Barros gift box as shown)

The 1978 Barros reveals an intense amber colour. A complex but very attractive bouquet with prominent dried fruit aromas, combined with spicy notes and nutty flavours with a very long captivating finish.

Having just celebrated their 100th year trading in 2013 Barros Port is undoubtedly one of the most prestigious companies producing and trading in Port. Much of their success comes from Colheita ports – old tawnies from a single year matured in cask for a minimum period of seven years. Their expertise in Colheitas has established them as the stand out producer of this style. Barros leave their Colheita ports to mature in cask until being hand bottled to order.
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Price: £99.00
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40 Year Old Graham's

Tawny Port in Presentation box.

Graham's 40 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity.

Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class.
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Price: £94.57
Stock: Out of Stock

40 Year Old Kopke

Tawny Port presented in a Kopke wooden box

***95 Points-cellartracker.com***

Kopke Port is the oldest port house. Established in 1638 by Christiano Kopke and his son, Nicolau Kopke who came to Portugal as representatives of the Hanseatic League, the House of Kopke is the eldest Porto wine export firm. Through many generations, the Company was run by several representatives of the Kopke family, obtaining an excellent reputation for its wines.

Reviews:
Dark tawny with orangey-red highlights. I wouldn't quite call it mahogany in colour, but it's close. Very dark, and lots of brown.
Nose: As is typical, lots of (to me) Madeira-like notes.
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Price: £99.00
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40 Years of Tawny Port, 1978

Fonseca & Burmester 20 Year Old Tawny Ports (2x75cl), both presented together in a double leather effect gift box with silk liner.

This gift comprises of two of the best 20 Year Old Tawny ports on the market. It offers a nice comparative tasting of a Fonseca vs. Burmester tawny, with both scoring above 90 points. A perfect gift for a 40 Year Old celebration!

Fonseca 20 Year Old tawny
*** 94 Points - Wine Spectator ***
Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny is deep amber in colour with russet highlights. Its superb bouquet is a complex marriage of ripe, plummy, mature fruit, warm spicy overtones of cinnamon and butterscotch and subtle oak nuances.

Burmester 20 Year Old Tawny
***Gold medal Decanter World Wine Awards,
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Price: £89.95
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Burmester Port

40 Year Old “TORDIZ” Tawny Port presented in a branded wooden case

*** Gold Medal at the 2015 International Wine Challenge ***

We are delighted to offer a UK exclusive on Burmester Colheita Ports.

Bright brown colour, with greenish nuances. Presents a bouquet with intense aromas of dried fruits, delicate spices notes and a sweet touch of honey. In the taste it is full, unctuous and velvety. This wine overflows seduction and an enormous refinement. A feeling that is extended in the long and complex finish.

This 40-year-old wine owes its name, Tordiz, to the confluence of the Torto and Mendiz rivers. It is obtained from wines that have been carefully aged in small oak casks and later blended in a small upstanding oak vat dating from 1864.
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Price: £129.00
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Grahams Port, 1978

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Late Bottled Vintage Port

The 1978 Graham port LBV, like Vintage Port, is a wine of a single year but it is not a 'declared' Vintage Port. Whereas Vintage Port spends only two years in casks and then matures in bottle, LBV is aged solely in cask and then bottled at between four and six years old. At the time of bottling it has completed its maturation and is ready for drinking without the need for decanting. Graham's LBV has much of the rich full fruity flavour and 'grip' of Vintage Port, combining this with a softness gained through oak ageing.

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Price: £95.00
Stock: Out of Stock

Kopke Port, 1978

Colheita Port (presented in a Kopke box)

***94 Points- Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com 23 March 2016***

Review:
The 1978 Kopke Colheita Tawny Port was bottled in 2015 with 119 grams per litre of residual sugar and a bar top cork (typical for the house). It is very graceful for its age, finishing with a wave of sweetness, fruit and sugar. Emphasizing the caramel more than the molasses, this is irresistibly delicious, but it becomes more complex and puts on weight as it airs and warms. The wine shows off its power and hints of Brandy on the rather tense finish, too. Overall, this is a beauty that becomes more impressive the longer you sit with it.
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Price: £129.00
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Pocas Junior, 1978

Vintage Port

The Pocas Junior Vintage Port is a very elegant wine with a superb generous finish.

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Price: £119.95
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Porto Feist, 1978

Vintage port

This Port House was founded in London by two German cousins H. and C.J. Feist in 1836 and opened up in Oporto 1870. Carl Feist left the management in Porto to his son-in-law J.H. Speich in 1921. Barros took over the house in 1953 and was then bought by Sogevinus in 2006.

Reviews:
Yellow mature in colour. On the nose there are notes of berry and roasted coffee. Sweet with flavours of ginger bread, a medium body and a nice and elegant finish.
***VintagePort.se***
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Price: £119.00
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Taylors 40 Year Old Tawny port

Tawny Port (Includes taylors presentation box)

Only tiny quantities of this aged tawny port are produced each year, making the wines extremely rare and amongst the most revered in the world.

This beautiful Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 40 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.
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Price: £119.00
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Taylor's Port

40 Year Old Tawny Port- in Taylor's Gift Pack with two Spieglau Glasses

An incredible example of an old Tawny port. A rarity, as few houses will make a 40 year old tawny. This wine is olive gold in colour with rich caramel, butterscotch, hazelnut flavours. The concentration in this port also produces a wine with amazing length, which lingers beautifully in the palate.

This beautiful Tawny port has been aged in oak casks for an average age of 40 years. During their long maturation they become tawny in colour and concentrated in their aromas. This port has very intense and elegant flavours which combine to give a smooth, fine finish.

Press:'It is my opinion that Taylor's tawny ports are the best of this type.
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Price: £129.00
Stock: Out of Stock