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    “SWEET AND STRONG” REVIEWS

    Jancis Robinson

    Graham's 1972 Single Harvest Tawny
    One of the first single-harvest tawnies made by Peter Symington after his family company acquired Graham in 1970. He nursed it through decades in wood before passing it on to his son and winemaking heir Charles in 2009. In 2015 Charles selected nine of the casks to bottle and release. Beautifully lustrous, shaded pale tawny. Toffee and a hint of rancio on the nose. Raisins and cut peel with a hint of eucalyptus. A host of Christmassy flavours indeed. But it's light and fresh on the finish. This is something very special. Transparent rather than heavy. In its smart but not OTT packaging, it would make a great Christmas gift. Urge the recipient there is no point in giving it any bottle age.

    Graham's 10 Year Old Tawny Port
    Mid bright tawny colour. Light nose. Raisiny fruit but not that vital. A bit low key. Dry, treacley finish. Beautiful packaging... Much drier than the Taylor's version. But actually with lots of interest and more obvious wood-aged character.

    Graham's 20 Year Old Tawny Port
    Very pale rose-coloured tawny colour. Not that aromatic but very delicate on the palate with some rancio character and marked acidity. Arguably too delicate to serve with food. I'd favour the 10 Year Old Tawny over this to serve with cheese and/or nuts. Sip this contemplatively. At its peak now so no point in keeping it. Very handsome packaging in a squat flask and wooden stopper - comes in a smart cylinder with wooden lid.

    Graham's 1983 Vintage Port
    Transparent ruby. Fully evolved with beautiful round satin texture (all tannins fully dissolved) with a very winning combination of liquorice and haunting sweet red fruit. Very gorgeous. This is clearly a great vintage to enjoy now.

    Graham's 2000 Vintage Port
    Mellow nose with cordite and dry finish on pretty tannic fruit. Not really ready yet but you could serve some food that would complement the liquorice sweetnes

      GRAHAM'S 30 YEAR OLD TAWNY

      Jancis Robinson

      "Bottled in 2013 (well done, Syms, for including this sort of information on your back labels). Very posh packaging with wooden stopper cork and wooden lid on the high quality cylinder. Very pale tawny. Lustrous tiger colour. Looking at it, you wouldn't necessarily realise this had been a red wine in its youth.

      Delicate and beautifully balanced to a hint of rancio but of great age and elegance. Masses of sweetness on the front palate. Tastes like fermented brandy butter. There is certainly something buttery about the texture. Great freshness and lift. So clean! No hint of decay. Considering its age and jewelly, hand-crafted quality, this is far from overpriced. Seems crazy that at 30 years old it is so much cheaper than most 2010 bordeaux crus classés. A really lovely wine. Thoroughly satisfying and not a all a knock-out drop. Drink 2014-2018"

       

        QUINTA DOS MALVEDOS VINTAGE 1999

        DECANTER
        Richard Mayson's top 10 single-quinta Ports

        Fine, open, classic floral aromas with a touch of rock rose. Sweet, minty, ripe palate – suave with a touch of dark chocolate at the core. Not especially big but supple and approachable. 17pts/20

        Drink: 2012–2025


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          GRAHAM'S NE OUBLIE

          You simply can't create complexity of this order in under a century or so...[There is] a cleanliness and a precision about the wine...a testament to 130 years of exemplary stewardship...a synopsis of life and time.

          Andrew Jefford MW, World of Fine Wine.

           

          It's an incredible piece of history...I could smell it a foot away from the glass, curling, intense, like bitter orange peel and caramelised clementines...[the palate] is rich with dried fruit and toasted almonds...”

          Victoria Moore, The Telegraph.

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          This virtually immortal 1882 has such enormous colour, depth, viscous concentration and intensity of flavour that it really has to be tasted to be believed.”

          John Stimpfig, Financial Times

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          “Bright orange tawny colour and very intensely aromatic. Once the little tasting bottles were opened at the launch in Christie's, London the whole room was perfumed. Impressively clean and pure. Drink: 1920-2030 18.5/20”

          Jancis Robinson

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          “I have to say it is exquisite. It left me speechless, with electrifying richness and brightness as well as fabulous pureness and clarity.” 100 points

          James Suckling, July 2014

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          “Ne Oublie: a wine not easly forgotten; it is a manifesto of the preservation of family memory and it is also an anthem to the Douro…words are inadequate to describe it; best to simply taste it and thank those whose made it and those who have preserved it for such a long time.”

          Pedro Garcias, Público, 2014

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          “Ne Oublie: a wine that is out of this world. Hard to believe how so much complexity can coexist with such concentration, smoothness, freshness and, above all, precision in a wine that brings together effortlessly and magically multiple sensations of aromas and textures. A veritable Douro masterpiece.” 20/20 points

          Revista de Vinhos, 2014

           

           

            GRAHAM’S, CONSISTENTLY THE MOST AWARDED PORT BRAND

            Graham´s achieved a magnificent total of 16 medals (8 gold, 1 trophy and 7 silver) in the 2014 edition of the main international wine competitions, winning the highest number of gold medals of any Port brand.

             

            The highlights for this year were: Graham´s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1969 won gold in all three competitions making it the highest placed Port; Graham's LBV 2009 has been awarded two gold medals and one silver outstanding; Six Grapes, the iconic brand from Graham´s, received two silver outstanding medals and the highly acclaimed Graham´s 30 Years Old Tawny was distinguished with a prestigious Trophy.

            International Wine Challenge

            TROPHY
            Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny

            GOLD
            Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1969
            Graham’s LBV 2009
            Graham’s 30 Years Old Tawny
            Graham’s Vintage Port 2000

            International Wine & Spirit Competition

            GOLD “OUTSTANDING”
            Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1969

            SILVER “OUTSTANDING”
            Graham’s Six Grapes
            Graham’s LBV 2009

            SILVER
            Graham´s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 Vintage Port
            Graham’s 10 Years Old Tawny
            Graham’s 20 Years Old Tawny

            Decanter World Wine Awards

            GOLD
            Graham’s Single Harvest Tawny Port 1969
            Graham’s LBV 2009
            Graham´s Quinta dos Malvedos 2001 Vintage Port

            SILVER “OUTSTANDING”
            Graham’s Six Grapes

            SILVER
            Graham’s 10 Years Old Tawny

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