Graham's has always been a pioneer. Graham's was one of the first Port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal's Douro Valley in 1890 and is now at the cutting edge of innovation in winemaking techniques. Today, five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make the Graham's wines. They too have been involved with Port and the Douro for many generations, with ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
William and John Graham founded their firm in Porto in northwest Portugal to trade in textiles. In 1820 they accepted twenty-seven barrels of Port as payment of a debt. The two brothers decided then to devote their energies to making the best Port wines from the Douro Valley: and so the Graham's Port house was born.
The extrodinary quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyards is such that in vintage declarations, these wines provide the main structure of Graham's classic vintage ports. In most interim years, the wines from Malvedos merit bottling as a single Quinta Vintage Port: Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port.
Graham's 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port has a black/purple colour. A lovely complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavours and an admirably long finish.
A fabulous way to end a lunch or dinner, Graham's 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos 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.