Region: Douro, Portugal
Graham’s Malvedos 2012 Vintage Port
Principally Touriga Nacional, with smaller components of Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela.
The yields in the vineyards at Malvedos were more than 30% lower than many other vineyards in the Douro Valley in 2012. The average yield on the property was just 650g of fruit per vine. All Graham’s Vintage Ports are trodden in lagares at the Quinta’s small, dedicated winery, below the estate house, adjacent to the river.
The wine has a delightfully elegant floral nose, typical of Touriga Franca in the best years. The wine also has aromas of red cherries, liquorice, mint, bergamot and orange blossom, the result of the high proportion of ripe Touriga Nacional in the wine. There is also a hint of chocolate from the relatively high proportion of Tinta Amarela. On the palate there is very fine purity of fruit and a velvety texture. This wine has ripe tannins and a well-structured minerality, combined with fresh acidity showing through on the well-defined finish.
The average yield at Malvedos in 2012 was just 650g per vine. The tremendous aromatic intensity and formidable structure of the Quinta dos Malvedos 2012 Vintage Port is a direct result of this tiny but immensely concentrated crop. Henry Shotton, Graham’s Vintage Winemaker
Decant before serving, preferably a few hours beforehand. An excellent dessert wine to enjoy on its own or with chocolate desserts. A very good match with blue cheeses.