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GRAHAMS 40 Year Old Tawny Port 75cl Bottle

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Graham’s, one of the most outstanding producers of vintage port, owns five separate mountainous vineyards, located in different parts of the Douro region – each with the maximum ‘A’ grade classification. They have left as much of the original wild plant life undisturbed as possible, preserving biodiversity to contribute to unique and powerfully expressive wines reflective of the terroir. Graham's wines are renowned for remarkable richness, concentration and firm tannic structure which combine to give brilliant longevity. The House style is known by its intense floral notes, opulent berry fruit flavours and flair. Golden amber with a pale green tinge at the rim which denotes great quality and class. Very complex on the nose with a powerful fragrance that belies its age. The palate is a gamut of flavours, ranging from delicate fruit and raisins to burnt toffee and chocolate. The persistent after-taste is sheer pleasure. An excellent alternative to Vintage Port at less formal occasions. Will keep for some weeks after opening. Bordeaux: The 1983 vintage produced wines of mixed quality, with some excellent wines from the Margaux region. A tropical humid heat-wave in August led to over-ripening in some regions, but those Chateaux who adopted careful selection produced some outstanding wines. Those from the Margaux region were probably the greatest of the decade. St Julien and Pauillac also turned out very good wines. The irregularity means that no single characteristic defines the vintage, however the wines are now at the peak of their maturity.

Italian: The 1983 wine vintage is rated as very good for the regions of Tuscany and Piedmont. The vintage produced rich, structured, full-bodied wines that are still drinking well today. Another factor that sets W and J Graham's apart is its dedication to sustainability. The company has implemented sustainability initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. Including using solar power to generate electricity and recycling materials used in the winemaking process.Today, Graham's is one of the most respected port wine producers in the world, known for exceptional quality and unique taste. One of the key factors that sets W J Graham's apart from other port wine producers is its commitment to traditional methods of production. The company uses traditional methods of foot treading grapes in stone lagares. This involves crushing the grapes by foot and extracting the juice. This is time-consuming and requires a significant amount of manual labour, ensuring the wine retains its unique flavours and aromas.

The story of Graham’s is that of two families, across three centuries. Founded in 1820 by two brothers, William and John Graham, the company was one of the first to invest in its own vineyards in the Douro Valley, and remains a pioneer innovating new techniques in winemaking to this day. Today, since their acquisition by Symington Family Estates, five Symington cousins share responsibility for the company. The Symington family has also been involved with Port for generations. Nearly a century after their ancestor AJ Symington left the employ of Graham’s to strike out on his own, the family came full circle to return to the company. Graham's is a company that has been producing some of the finest port wines for over two centuries. In 1820 the two brothers, William and John Graham, started as textile merchants and later ventured into the wine industry. Graham’s five vineyards are located in the Douro valley and all have the maximum ‘A’ grade classification. The estate is composed of Quinta dos Malvedos (89ha), Quinta das Lages (71ha), Quinta do Vale de Malhadas (32ha), Quinta da Vila Velha (56ha) and Quinta do Tua (28ha). They are mainly planted with Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. Graham’s continue to make some of their Ports by traditional treading in stone lagares but also own a modern lagare in Malvedos. Wine Produced Graham's 40 Years Old is made from wines of the very highest quality which, following careful selection, are matured in seasoned oak casks of until their peak of maturity is reached. These are among the most demanding and challenging styles of Port to produce requiring great skill and years of experience from the winemaker and blender. It is essential to strike the correct balance between the delicacy and elegance which results from prolonged cask ageing while retaining the fruit quality which lends this old Tawny its structure and longevity. White wines, generally crisp, mineral-driven blends of Arinto, Viosinho, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina and an assortment of other rare but local varieties, are produced in small quantities but worth noting.Tradition, experience and knowledge spanning two centuries have given Graham’s the values that are at the heart of the company’s philosophy. The Graham family motto Ne Oublie (forget not or never forget) perfectly encapsulates the company’s commitment to the Douro Region, born of a deep respect for the past.

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