Graham’s wines come primarily from its own Quinta dos Malvedos near Tua and Quinta das Lages in the Rio Torto. Two others, privately owned by a member of the Symington family, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta de Vale de Malhadas, also supply Graham with finest quality grapes. All four Quintas are among the best in the upper Douro valley. Graham’s also buys grapes from selected farmers in the finest districts. Some of these farmers have been selling their grapes to Graham’s for generations.
Tasting Notes: This Vintage Port displays many of the typical Graham aromas of ripe plum and ‘esteva’ (gum cistus) and is pleasantly smooth on the palate despite its youth. It is full and rich in the mouth with fresh blackberry and red plum notes. Despite the hallmark Graham sweetness in the mouth the finish is long and clean .
The Viticultural Year: The winter was exceptionally dry with virtually no rain from October to the end of February. There were bright blue skies day after day and temperatures were very mild. Consequently this led to an early bud burst. However, cool and wet weather set in during April and the rains persisted into May, which registered three times the normal average rainfall. This slowed down vine development and flowering was delayed into May. Flowering took place still under very wet conditions, leading to very poor fruit set. Consequently we had one of the smallest harvests in many years. During the month of June ideal dry weather conditions prevailed. July and August saw some useful showers although the summer wasn't one of extreme heat, so vine development towards the end of August was slightly behind normal. September began with an unusually hot period, leading to a rapid advancement in maturity. When the Vintage started, the fruit was in excellent condition, the grapes looking slightly "raisined" as good Port grapes should. It had been many years since so many of the quality indicators have been present in any one year. Namely the excellent fruit quality; high sugar readings; ideal weather throughout picking; very low yields; purple colours already apparent from the beginning of fermentation; wonderful aromas from the musts and the low juice to skin ratio. Fermentations took place under near ideal conditions, no cooling being required, in fact a little heating was needed due to quite cool nights. The ideal fermentation temperatures produced wonderfully aromatic musts.
Wine Specifications: Alcohol by Volume: 20% v/v (20ºc) Total Acidity: 4.58 g/l tartaric acid Baumé: 3.82 Vineyards: The Graham 2000 came principally from Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta dos Lages, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta de Vale de Malhadas.