Fine, rare & old: venerable Portuguese wines

It’s been quite a week for tasting rare, old Portuguese wines. I’ve been privileged to have enjoyed some terrific wines with Baga Friends. And how lucky was I that my visit coincided with Dirk Niepoort’s birthday. He very generously shared some birthday treats with us. Here’s a photographic record of highlights.

Luis Pato's first Baga

Luis Pato’s first Baga

Unbelievable colour & this 33 year old wine kept building in the glass

Unbelievable colour & this 33 year old wine kept building in the glass

Goncalves Faria Baga 1990; I also tasted the 88 & 75 - wonderful wines.

Goncalves Faria Baga 1990; I also tasted the 88 & 75 – wonderful wines.

Bussaco Tinto 1949 - the oldest red of the flight

Bussaco Tinto 1949 – the oldest red of the flight

And the oldest white - the still impressive 1955

And the oldest white – the still impressive 1955

Birthday celebrations - why does no-one else make a garrafeira (demi-john aged Vintage Port -soooo elegant

Birthday celebrations – why does no-one else make a garrafeira (demi-john aged Vintage Port -soooo elegant

Centro de Estudos Vitivinicolas de Nelas Dao Tinto 1958 - phenomenal sweet fruit still - another wine which built in the glass

Phenomenal sweet fruit still – another wine which built in the glass

And who is the rarest of all? Jose Maria de Fonseca Moscatel Torna Viagen - a Moscatel which crossed the equator twice by ship en route to the tropics & back.  Amazing balance; great complexity

And who is the rarest of all? Jose Maria de Fonseca Moscatel Torna Viagem – a Moscatel which crossed the equator twice by ship en route to the tropics & back. Amazing balance; great complexity

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