Graham's, Stone Terraces, Vintage Port, 2015

  Graham's

The 2015 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port is a field blend, heavy on the Touriga Nacional, although not so listed, from two vineyards with stone terraces at Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos. It comes in with 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is gorgeous, with the potential for significant further development. Tight and focused, it is also refined, elegant and very sophisticated. It shows enough backbone to age well, although you might be able to approach this young Porto earlier than indicated. That said, it will certainly need some bottle age to gain complexity. Laced at the moment with primary fruit, raspberries mingling with plums, it is lifted, aromatic and delicious, lingering beautifully on the finish. Its purity of fruit makes it very appealing and sometimes stunning. Its finesse is exceptional, too. It could, perhaps, use a bit more concentration, but it is firing on all burners elsewhere. It is one of the 2015s that, I suspect, people will just love to drink even if it never quite improves to the point of sensational. Here's hoping it fleshes out a bit, comes together and merits an uptick in time. This has been released. There were just 4,800 bottles produced."

95/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Contains Sulphites.

About Graham's

The Symington family is firmly committed to innovation, and over the last decade has conducted very substantial research in the field of viticulture and winemaking. Graham’s continues to make some of the best Ports by treading in stone ‘lagares’. However, while this method produces the best port, it requires man power and temperature control is difficult to maintain. In order to address these problems the wine making team developed the world’s first purpose built automated treading machine. This new machinery produces Ports that surpass the quality of traditional foot treading lagares, while at the same time eliminating the latter’s shortcomings. By the 2000 harvest, three robotic lagares have been fitted in the newly refurbished winery at Quinta dos Malvedos - the company’s famed flagship vineyard. This Quinta is acknowledged to be one of the Upper Douro’s finest properties, and has been awarded an ‘A’ rating by the Douro’s regulatory authority. This landmark in winemaking paired with Quinta dos Malvedo's exceptional terroir, is what makes Graham’s renowned Vintage Port so outstanding.

Appellation: Douro

The Douro valley is the home of Port production and is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The vineyards follow a band of Schist along the valley rising up in steep terraced slopes from the river. Upstream lies Spains Ribera del Duero. Increasingly, unfortified wines are produced here, but it is really for great vintage port that the region is known.