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a bottle of martinez quinta eira velha 1995 vintage
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Martinez Quinta Eira Velha 1995 Vintage

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The summer of 1995 was extremely hot in the Douro which meant that the vintage started as early as anyone can remember.  Pinhao escaped some of the blistering heat but even so picking started at Eira Velha on 11 September, a full ten days earlier than usual.  After the initial heat, the weather changed dramatically to cooler, more pleasant conditions.  This was improtant for the grapes as it allowed them to reach proper maturity, when at one stage it looked as if excessive heat might turn them into raisins without properly ripening.

In fact the area around Pinhao produced the best wines of the 1995 vintage.  Eira Velha itself (the name means "the farm of the old threshing floor") has come out very dark in colour.  It is rich on the palate with its fruit flavours concentrated and backed by good tannins.  The balance therefore is perfect and the wine has excellent potential for medium to long term ageing.

Type: Spirits
Variety: Port
Producer: Martinez
When to Drink: Wines to Drink Whenever
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bin Number: 99

A single estate vintage port, coming into its won with its smooth sweet fruit flavours. Ideal on its own or with a good British hard cheese.

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