Graham's Quinta Malvedos Port 2004 75cl
- Graham's greatest vineyard is the company's famed Quinta dos Malvedos. It is acknowledged to be one of the Upper Douro's finest vineyards.
- Gorgeous bouquet redolent of chocolate, mint and spice.
- Luxurious and lusty palate, showing cassis and layers of black fruit and plum.
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The cornerstone of Graham’s Port is the company’s famed flagship vineyard, Quinta dos Malvedos. It is acknowledged to be one of the Upper Douro’s finest properties, and indeed the entire vineyard has the maximum ‘A’ rating attributed by the Douro’s regulatory authority. The wines from Malvedos form the backbone of Graham’s renowned Vintage Ports in ‘declared’ years. In the majority of the interim years the finest wines from the Quinta are bottled and offered as Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Ports. The Quinta embraces the steep gradients that mark the confluence of the Tua and Douro rivers. The vineyard’s north bank location provides its vine terraces with a south-facing aspect, ensuring prolonged exposure to the sun. This results in excellent ripening of the grapes during the growing season, essential to the production of first-class Port. The very consistent climate in this part of the valley is reflected in the supreme quality of the wines produced.<P>The vineyard covers 70 hectares, out of the Quinta’s total area of 108 hectares. A major replanting programme was carried out through the 1980’s and the average age of the vines now ranges from 20 years for the ‘modern’ terraces, to well over 45 years for the older walled terraces. In 2005, 8 hectares of old mixed vineyards were replanted with Touriga Nacional, one of the finest varieties for Port and especially important for Vintage Port. Around 95% of the vineyard is planted in varietal batches, allowing each variety to achieve optimum ripeness and to be subsequently picked and vinified separately. The yields at Malvedos are amongst the lowest of any major wine-producing region in the world and ensure outstanding quality.<P>Vinification: the Malvedos winery was refurbished in readiness for the 2000 vintage with the installation of three of Graham’s groundbreaking ‘robotic’ lagares. The make-up of the Graham’s 2000 Vintage Port included a 36% component of robotic lagar trodden wines whilst for the 2003 Vintage Port, this proportion had increased to 78%. The exceptional ratings awarded in blind tastings to both the Graham’s 2000 and 2003 Vintages provides ample indication that the very substantial investment by the Symington family in this new technology has been more than vindicated.<P>The winery at Malvedos also retains its three original stone lagares where conventional treading still takes place, as well as with two ‘plunger tanks’ where a paddle gently pushes the cap of skins down into the fermenting juice below. The three vinification methods available makes this winery the most versatile in the Douro Valley. It allows Graham’s winemakers great scope and capability to craft the finest wines possible. Tasting profile of Quinta dos Malvedos: floral characteristics, opulent black berry fruit aromas and super concentrated rich fruit, backed by well balanced tannins, these are the hallmark of this vineyard’s wines. They are therefore wines in the classic mould with the innate quality and potential for long-term ageing.
From the manufacturer
Established in 1820, W & J Graham is one of the most famous names in the Port trade and has long been synonymous with the greatest Vintage Ports. The Symington family acquired the company from the Graham family in 1970, so today Graham’s remains a wholly family-owned firm. Five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make the Graham’s wines. They too have been involved with Port and the Douro for many generations, with ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
Graham's has been established as one of the true pioneers of the Port Trade, a position which was reaffirmed when they received the ‘The World’s Most Admired Port Brand’ award from Drinks International in 2016 and 2017.
The Douro Valley
The grapes that are used to make Port must be grown in the mountainous Upper Douro region of Northern Portugal, the world’s first officially demarcated wine region in 1756. This protected region is a place in the world that can produce authentic Port. The Douro is perhaps the most challenging wine-growing region on earth. Its mountainous terrain and steep, winding valleys create a kaleidoscope of microclimates, each producing unique wines. The result is great complexity and balance.
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|Colour||An opaque purple colour with a ruby rim.||A dark red colour.||A black/purple colour.||-||-|
|Aroma||Intense aromas of ripe black fruits and hints of mint and eucalyptus.||Aromas of ripe plums and cherries.||A complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry.||Aromas from a range of red Port's, white Port, Tawny Port.||Aromas from a range of red Port's, white Port, Tawny Port.|
|Palette||Full palette with delicous plum and blackberry flavours with chocolate notes coming through. Balanced and structured with a velvet finish.||A complex palette with a good structure of the ripe plums and a lingering finish.||A packed palette with solid and structured fruit flavours and an admirably long finish.||Different palettes from a range of red Port's, white Port, Tawny Port.||Different palettes from a range of red Port's, white Port, Tawny Port.|
|Occassion/pairing||Pair with chocolate desserts and a wide range of semi-cured and cured cheeses.||Serve with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts or alternatively strong cheeses.||Pair with chocolate desserts such as chocolate mousse, but can be enjoyed by itself.||Red Ports - serve at room temperature; White Port - serve chilled; Tawny Port - serve slightly chilled.||Red Ports - serve at room temperature; White Port - serve chilled; Tawny Port - serve slightly chilled.|
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But that's not what I'm here to say, because look online and you'll find plenty of reviews for this port singing it's praises.
I'm here to point out, particularly to those having trouble with the cork, that the cork in vintage port bottles is a different beast to a run of the mill basic wine cork. You can't actually reliably remove a cork like this with just a basic corkscrew or a butterfly corkscrew, you *need* something like a sommelier's knife. It's easy to forget the cork has been in place for a decade and a half. Also, port corks a longer than wine corks, so you need to take into account. I removed mine today, in one piece no problem with the right opener and I took it gently and slowly, you need to really take your time.
Also, a few hours in a decanter will improve the port so much, so don't forget to plan ahead!
I hope that is of some help to anyone who is having trouble with the cork, or is put off by the reviews of having trouble with the cork.
Not the end of the world - I can sift it each time but it does kinda spoil the experience.
The port itself is average for my expectations. But I am very inexperienced with port - I purchased it to see if I would enjoy it.
Would I buy it again. For a fair review and the benefit of others then I should say yes. Just feel a little let down with the - they should have mastered this surely.