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    1940 Single Harvest

    As the first grapes of the 1940 vintage were being picked in the peaceful Douro Valley in late September, the Battle of Britain raged in the skies over Southeast England and London was bombed daily during the Blitz. An unsettled spring in the Douro had caused thinning of the crop, which was fortunate given that the summer was exceptionally dry, and the reduced number of grape bunches placed fewer demands on the low water reserves in the soil. Charles Symington, Graham’s Master Blender, has selected two of the few remaining casks of 1940 Tawny Port for this once in a lifetime release.
    Tasting Note
    The deep orange-brown colour reflects the concentration of almost eighty years ageing in cask. Complex aromas of caramel, praline chocolate, demerara and coffee roast are underpinned by a remarkable freshness. The palate is creamy, luxurious and intense with a long aftertaste offering layers of walnuts, citrus preserves and honey, while tea and tobacco notes linger in the glass.


      1950 Single Harvest

      The Master pays tribute to the three generations of winemakers and Cellar Masters who contributed to its prolonged ageing in the cellars, carefully nurturing it until it’s release. It celebrates perfection and complexity.
      In 1950 World War II was still a recent memory, Europe was slowly rebuilding its ravaged economy and many port producers ceased to exist. Given the prevailing economic climate as the time, which made it difficult to keep large stocks of wine for ageing over prolonged periods, only limited quantities of the best parcels of the 1950 harvest were set aside for long-term ageing and very little has reached us. Charles Symington has now decided to release just half of our very last cask.
      Tasting Note
      The deep auburn centre reflects the wine’s amazing concentration, while the pale ochre rim signals its venerable age. A flourish of aromas reveals walnuts, soft caramel and honey notes, demerara, citrus preserves and cigar box scents. The voluptuous palate — simultaneously intense and delicate — unravels layers of refined, rich citrus fruit and soft caramel, with a beam of freshness providing exquisite balance. Pleasant traces of tobacco leaf and mocha make for a lingering finale.



        1952 Single Harvest


        Graham’s Port – which holds a Royal Warrant of Appointment from Queen Elizabeth II – has bottled an exceptionally rare and exquisite Tawny Port produced in the year that the Queen ascended the throne in 1952. Over the last 70 years, the wine has been gradually mellowed to a peak of maturity in seasoned oak casks in the Graham’s Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. Three generations of the Symington family have nurtured this wine, while the Queen has become the longest reigning monarch over an inspirational seven decades.

        Graham’s 1952 Single Harvest Tawny Port was first bottled in 2012 to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a limited release of individually numbered bottles. After a further decade ageing in cask, this wine has gained extraordinary grace, delicacy, and balance.

        Tasting Note

        Attractive auburn, coppery tones with subtle gradations of pale orange and green on the rim denote its venerable age. With mesmerizing aromas of honeysuckle, Seville orange, almonds and soft caramel, it has unbelievable vitality and zest for a wine of its years. The palate is pure seduction, concentrated yet silky with gorgeous, soft citrus fruit melding with subtle butterscotch and honey flavours. Present — both aromatically and in the mouth — are appealing notes of toffee and marzipan. The incredible balance between concentration and freshness, after seven decades of cask ageing, is one of this wine’s great attributes.
         — Charles Symington

          1961 Single Harvest

          Every year Graham’s Master Blender, Charles Symington, tastes and asses all ageing wines in the Graham’s 1890 Lodge. On rare occasions he selects a truly exceptional wine for limited release. Over the previous years the 1961 Single Harvest had been developing particularly well. Charles decided to taste all the remaining casks of this wine, all of which were outstanding, but there were three that were truly exceptional. He had unearthed a well-kept treasure which had been maturing under the watchful eye of his father.

          Graham’s 1961 Single Harvest is a special bottling of only three casks producing hand numbered bottles.

          Tasting Note:

          Showing a vivid, rich amber colour with a green tinge on the rim. On the nose an explosion of caramel, nut, vanilla and cigar box aromas. Massively concentrated and complex on the palate, this wine reveals honeycomb, exotic spices and crystallised orange peel flavours. The richness is balanced by a firm and refreshing acidity which gives the wine a perfect balance and structure, leading to an endless finish.



            1963 Single Harvest

            This wine reflects the importance of complementary crafts and areas of expertise which are essential for shaping wines that are aged for decades. It celebrates true craftsmanship and elegance.
            This exceptional old Tawny Port brings together the finest crafts of Graham’s long winemaking tradition. It was made in one of the most celebrated years of the 20th century for Port – 1963. In this vintage, Graham’s produced both outstanding Vintage Port (aged in bottle) and Tawny Port (aged in oak casks). This 1963 Single Harvest Old Tawny Port has been aged in seasoned oak casks (barrels) for just over half a century and epitomizes Graham’s hallmark complexity, elegance and balance. The wine was made from grapes grown at Graham’s flagship Douro Valley vineyard in northern Portugal: Quinta dos Malvedos.
            Tasting Note:
            Intense, deep amber colour. This exquisite multi-layered wine reveals delicate citrus aromas with hints of honeysuckle, black tea and fennel. It is smooth as silk on the palate, showing hints of almonds and walnuts, fruitcake and a soft toffee undertone with a slight minty edge. The finish is unctuous, long and lingering.

              1969 Single Harvest

              Recognising the 1969 wine as truly outstanding, Charles Symington, Head of Winemaking at Graham's, selected it for a limited release.

              Graham's 1969 Single Harvest is a special bottling of only six casks from the 1969 harvest, each cask producing just 712 numbered bottles. Charles tasted each of the 21 casks of 1969 Port still maturing in Graham's lodge and selected the six he deemed exceptional.

              'I chose to bottle this Port now as I believe it has reached a remarkable peak of maturity and will offer great pleasure to those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy it.' Charles Symington

              Tasting Note:

              The wine has a very attractive golden-amber colour and still some garnet reflections in its centre. The aromas are quite exquisite showing delicate, floral qualities reminiscent of honeysuckle and undertones of soft caramel. It is smooth as silk on the palate, showing exotic spice, marzipan, walnuts and toffee.

                1972 Single Harvest

                After the Symington family's acquisition of Graham's in 1970, the then head of winemaking, Peter Symington, selected the 1972 as their first single harvest for ageing in seasoned oak casks. Accompanying the maturation of this single harvest Port throughout his career, Peter passed it on to his son when he retired in 2009.

                Charles Symington, current head winemaker, tasted each of the casks handed down to him and selected nine for bottling. Each containing 712 bottles, this individually numbered limited release of 1972 Single Harvest Tawny Port is testament to the knowledge and experience passed down from generation to generation.

                Tasting Note:

                A beautiful golden colour, with an intense ripe aroma of dried fruits and orange peel combined with cherry fruit and toasted aromas from more than 40 years of wood ageing, create tremendous complexity in this many layered wine. The flavour fills the whole palate with huge volume and power developing into an exceptionally long, fresh and honey-sweet finish.

                  1974 Single Harvest

                  This wine reflects the importance of complementary crafts and areas of expertise which are essential for shaping wines that are aged for decades. It celebrates true craftsmanship and elegance.
                  On the 25th of April 1974, a military-led coup overthrew the dictatorship which had governed Portugal for half a century. In its immediate aftermath it unleashed social and political tensions, in the prevailing turbulent climate the family elected not to bottle Vintage Port. Nonetheless, many of the year’s wines were so exquisite that they were selected for maturing in cask. For Peter Symington, this was just his fifth vintage in the Douro, but as he gradually took on the position of head winemaker, taster and blender, it became his responsibility to nurture the development of this wine during its prolonged ageing in cask, before passing that responsibility to his son Charles.
                  Tasting Note:
                  Coppery centre with a pale bronze edge. The broad range of aromas reveals sultanas, quince preserve and a combination of subtle caramel, vanilla and ginger notes. The palate is silky and sensual, with a zest of soft, tingling tannins which continue to underpin the structure and the wine’s vitality. The long finish provides reminiscences of peppery spice, tea leaf and thyme.

                    1982 Single Harvest

                    Graham's celebrated the birth of HRH Prince George of Cambridge with a special limited edition Port. Graham's has produced various exceptional Aged Tawny Ports in recent years, amongst them the 1961 and 1969 Single Harvest Ports, as well as the highly acclaimed 1952 Port that was served at Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee lunch in 2012.

                    Joint Managing Director Johnny Symington wrote: "The birth of a future King is an important date in British history. Port has traditionally been used to toast great occasions, so what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of such a very fine and rare Single Harvest Tawny Port. This wine is a real treasure and of quite outstanding quality."

                    Graham's made a financial contribution from the sale of every bottle of this 1982 Single Harvest Tawny Port to a Douro-based charity called 'Bagos D'Ouro' which cares for underprivileged children in the region where this wine was made.

                    Bottling of this Graham's 1982 Celebratory Tawny Port was strictly limited to individually numbered bottles.

                    Tasting Note:

                    Lustrous golden tawny, with an orange-tinted amber rim. The nose is exquisitely aromatic with a magnificent array of vanilla, soft butterscotch and quince, combined with exotic and spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is velvety, with polished definition and elegance. Hints of honey, raisins and caramel, perfectly balnced by a backbone of orange zest acidity and fine-grained silky tannins. The finish is long and extraordinaliry mellow with a nutty almond finish that lingers on the palate.

                      1994 Single Harvest

                      This wine captures the beginning of the journey, an apprenticeship to guide and mentor the new generation of future Cellar Master’s. The 1994 Single Harvest was one of the first Ports Charles Symington helped his father select for ageing in cask during his Port taster’s apprenticeship.
                      1994 was an outstanding year in the Douro, acclaimed for producing one of the classic Vintage Ports of the twentieth century. Besides the exceptional lots chosen for bottling as Vintage Port, Peter Symington made a selection of other outstanding wines sourced from Quinta dos Malvedos and Quinta das Lages, which he earmarked for long term ageing in seasoned oak casks for future release as old tawny Ports.
                      Tasting Note:
                      Amber brown Tawny colour, amazingly intense and deep. Rose petal, oriental spice and toasted honey, overlaid by sweet balsamic & dried fig aromatics. Full bodied, with raisiny berry flavours. Delicate toasted coffee finish. Beautifully fresh, very intense and lingering flavours. Shows superb structure, balance and finesse.

                        Graham’s First Flight 2003 Colheita

                        First Flight
                        This Port was made in 2003, an excellent harvest in the Douro Valley and the year that marked aviation’s centennial, 1903-2003, this unique Port has been bottled to celebrate one of the greatest milestones in history. The Graham’s 2003 Colheita release has been named ‘First Flight’ in celebration of the first century of aviation.
                        Made in an excellent year that resulted in a classic Vintage Port declaration, the harvest also produced other very high quality wines, the finest of which were selected by Peter and Charles Symington, Graham's father and son winemaking team, for ageing in wood.
                        The Graham’s 2003 Colheita is at a beautiful stage in its development, combining opulence, grace and complexity.
                        This Colheita is a Travel Retail exclusive Port.
                        Tasting Note:
                        It retains a youthful, deep crimson centre, bordered by an orange-brown rim that denotes the considerable length of time spent in seasoned oak casks. On the nose, it reveals alluring soft caramel aromas with hints of vanilla and toffee overtones. Full, creamy and sensuous on the palate with mouthfilling flavours of red fruit preserves and marmalade.
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