Graham’s blend this wine from two or three vintage years and age it in bottle for at least another three years before releasing it on the market. Bottled in the same way as a classic Vintage Port this wine will continue to mature in bottle and can be laid down for several years. The most affordable style of bottle matured Port available.
Douro Valley, Portugal.
Founded in 1820 by William and John Graham in Portugal’s Douro Valley, for nearly two centuries Graham’s has cultivated its reputation as one of the greatest names in Port. The quality of Graham’s Port relies on the finest grapes, primarily sourced from five iconic quintas in the Douro Valley: Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages and two others, Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas, which are privately owned by members of the Symington family.
Graham’s Crusted Ports are traditionally drawn from wines produced at Quinta dos Malvedos and Quinta das Lages — the latter located in the Rio Torto Valley, an area where Graham’s has historically sourced some of its finest wines. Charles Symington, Graham’s head winemaker can also choose from other high quality wines made at Graham’s Quinta do Tua and the Vila Velha and Vale de Malhadas vineyards, two Quintas privately owned by members of the Symington family and which supply their finest production to Graham’s.
Graham’s Crusted Port is a blend of very high quality wines from different years, bottled without fining or filtration whilst still relatively young, usually when the component wines are no more than two to four years old. The aim is to retain the full, ripe fruit flavours of the wines. Once bottled, Graham’s Crusted is then cellared in the Graham’s Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia for at least a further three to four years before being released for sale. By the time the wine arrives on shelf it will have therefore aged in wood and in bottle for up to seven or eight years, during which time the Port develops bottle character and complexity, akin to Quinta Vintage Ports and declared Vintage Ports. As with the latter, Crusted Port is sealed with a driven cork and laid down horizontally giving it the potential to continue developing favourably for up to eight years or so after it is bottled. Because it is bottled unfiltered, it will throw a deposit or crust — hence the name. Given that the wines of which it is made up are from several harvests, only the bottling year is shown on the label.
Invigorating aromas of fresh fruits of the forest mingle with fragrant eucalyptus notes. Great vitality on the palate unlocks sumptuous blackberry flavours with ripples of liquorice. Remarkable purity of fruit marries with fine, peppery tannins, which provide superb structure and balance.