The Stone Terraces Vintage Port 2017
97-99 points, “In a year with many brilliant wines, this still has to be on the shortlist for ‘Wine of the Vintage.’” – Wine Advocate
The Head Winemaker at Graham’s, Charles Symington, suggests that this might be one of the finest Ports he has ever made. But it will require patience. Immensely powerful and overflowing with potential, this bottle is an investment in the future because it will take time to unfurl. Graham’s The Stone Terraces comes their flagship vineyard parcel Quinta dos Malvedos. These vertiginous schist-walled terraces have been tended the same way for over one hundred years, but this is only the fourth time the grapes from these precious vines have been bottled as a single-vineyard Port. Already brimming with orange blossom, rose, pine needles, opulent fruit and muscle; it’ll be intriguing to see where this phenomenal Vintage Port will go. Unfortunately, only 600 cases were made, most of which sold at En Primeur. We've only secured a handful of bottles, and these are sure to be snapped up by speedy collectors. So, don’t miss out.
The yields in 2017 for Port were very low, but the quality of the wine was immensely high. According to Wine Advocate they offer “old-school power, concentration, freshness, lifted fruit and vivid flavours. The only vintage in the last decade that competes with it is 2011.” This is high praise, considering that 2011 is the highest rated year ever for Vintage Port according to Wine Advocate. It’s that freshness that makes this such a great vintage and explains why so much of it was snapped up immediately during a hard-fought En Primeur campaign. Demand for these cases will be immense, so don’t expect them to hang around for long.
Established in 1820, Graham’s 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. The Symington family compare the 2017 vintage to 1945, widely considered to be one of the greatest vintages the region has ever seen. And they should know what they are talking about because, not only are they the world’s leading producer of premium Port, but they are also the biggest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of jaw-dropping beauty.£29.33 per 100.00ml
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