Vintage Ports are only made in years of exceptionally high quality harvests, which on average occur two or three times in a decade. The weather in the vineyards is the principal determining factor: conditions must be ideal throughout the growing season, as well as during the subsequent harvest. Graham’s style is also the result of the premium quality of the five principle vineyards that go into the Vintage blend. Being amongst the best properties in the Douro these are what make Graham’s Vintage Ports stand out at the most respected international tasting competitions.
It is black-purple in color. The 1983, like most vintage ports, seems more forward than normal but has a great depth of very ripe, viscous, unctuous, plummy, tarry fruit and significant tannin in its long finish.
Store and Serve Advices:
Store the bottle horizontally in a dark place with constant temperature, ideally between 12ºC and 15ºC.
This Port is a fabulous way to end a lunch or dinner. It pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse, but it can also be enjoyed on its own, providing a memorable moment in the company of good friends.
Reviews and Awards:
. 98 points in Decanter Magazine;
. 92 points in Robert Parker;
. 92 points in CellarTracker;
. 18 points in Jancis Robinson;
. 93 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. Gold medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Gold medal International Wine Challenge 2013;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2011;
. Regional Trophy Decanter World Wine Awards 2006;
. Silver medal Indy International Wine Competition 2006;
. Peter Symington, responsible with his son Charles for the vineyards and wine making, has been made ‘Fortified Wine Maker of the Year’ an extraordinary 6 times by the ‘Wine Challenge’.Nobody else has won this important award more than once.In 2003, his son Charles won the same award.