During last week’s fact finding trip to Portugal courtesy of Amorim Cork, a visit to Port producer Graham’s, part of Symington Family Estates. Our party was treated to a memorable tasting featuring five different Tawnies – 10 Years Old, 20 Years Old, 30 Years Old, 40 Years Old and 1969 Single Harvest as well as Six Grapes Reserve, Quinta Dos Malvedos 2001 and 1985 Vintage.
Local Port-style wines are highly regarded and with good reason but the best of the Graham’s line-up had detail which we are always going to struggle to match. The 1969 Single Harvest was pretty and poised and ridiculously more-ish but it was the 1985 Vintage which really made an impression with red and black fruit, spice and earth. Incredibly rich but whereas local Vintage Reserve Port can be brutish, this did not forfeit intricacy.