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Graham's 1983

Release Notes

Very full bodied, sweet, purple-black in colour and depth, very fruity with plenty of sugar and an excellent nose.  A very fine wine indeed which is unlikely to reach its peak before 20 to 25 years.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,50
Baumé: 3,5
Produced: 10,000 Cases (4,000 exported to the USA)

Tasting Notes

Richard Hemming critic

MW. source
2016 tasting note year
Black olive, cherry, still lots of fruit here. Pert and structured - acid still full of freshness. 17.5. Drink to 2020.

Jancis Robinson critic

The Financial Times source
2016 tasting note year
This shows just what vintage port is all about: stately ageing in bottle resulting in a beautiful satin texture (with all its many tannins fully dissolved) with a hugely complex and winning combination of liquorice and haunting sweet red fruit. Very gorgeous. This is clearly a great vintage to enjoy now.

Jancis Robinson critic

Jancis Robinson source
2015 tasting note year

Transparent ruby. Fully evolved with beautiful round satin texture (all tannins fully dissolved) with a very winning combination of liquorice and haunting sweet red fruit. Very gorgeous. This is clearly a great vintage to enjoy now.
Drink 2005-2025

Score: 18.5/20 points

Symington Family Tasting Room critic

Symington Family Estates source
2014 tasting note year

Graham’s 1983 Vintage has an intense garnet colour. The nose combines aromas of ripe red fruits with floral hints of violets and minty eucalyptus. On the palate it is full-bodied, well balanced and with silky tannins leading to a long and lingering finish. Drinking wonderfully now but will continue to age gracefully for many years.


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2013 tasting note year

Still amazingly vibrant with notes of black fruit and eucalyptus at the fore. Richer raisined fruit on the palate with a covering texture and peppery freshness.

Score: Gold Medal


Decanter World Wine Awards (competition) source
2013 tasting note year

Rated:  5 Stars 

Score: Gold Medal

Roy Hersh critic source
2011 tasting note year

Dark magenta color with no signs of its 28 years. Fresh black cherry, gentle spirit, ripe boysenberry. A symmetrical young Port at nearly three decades of age and certainly at the apex of the vintage. As delicious as it is today, this has another 15 years to be enjoyed before reaching peak circa 2025 or so. This will make for old bones, as the acidity and tannins have the necessary oomph to continue to improve and then this will have another 10+ years, as it both appears and tastes remarkably young today.

Score: 93/100

Peter Symington critic

SFE source
2006 tasting note year

Fine deep ruby colour. With a rich and intense nose of ripe red fruits, combined with concentrated floral aromas of violets and minty eucalyptus. On the palate showing a full-bodied structure, bold tannins, and a long and intense fruit finish.


Decanter (magazine) source
2006 tasting note year

Lovely deep nose. Violet, floral. Fresh, dry finish, Excellent length and body. Very good, left for further ageing.

Score: Decanter Awards 2006 Port Trophy and Gold Medal


International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2006 tasting note year

Developed aroma, woody and figgy, very ripe, palate very ripe and sweet, good fruit and oak. Complex, ripe and long. Spirity finish.

Score: 2006 Silver Medal Winner

Serena Sutcliffe MW critic

A Century of Vintage Port (booklet, Sutcliffe, 2002 Sotheby's) source
2002 tasting note year

Real roses and liquorice scent. Fruity and peppery. Medium powerful and sweet. Full of red fruit. Cherry kernels. Such freshness. A longer keeper than Dow this year. Soft on the finish.

Richard Mayson critic

Decanter (magazine) source
2000 tasting note year

Beautiful nose, with rich hints of dark chocolate. Well-balanced, with well-structured flavours and a slightly earthy quality.

Score: 5 Stars Decanter Award

SFE Tasting Room Team critic

SFE source
1996 tasting note year

Maturing beautifully.  Excellent colour and balance and good structure.

Michael Broadbent MW critic

Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002) source
1995 tasting note year

In the early 1990s still impressively deep. Rather muted nose, not unlike the '80. Rich, lean yet with good flesh. Distinctly, and typically, sweeter than its 'cousins' Dow and Warre [in 1994]. A year later, still deep and intense. Black cherry with purple rim. 'Very Graham' nose, citrus-like fruit, attractive, still tannic.

Score: 4 Stars

SFE Tasting Room Team critic

SFE source
1993 tasting note year

Just beginning to soften a little but still very intense.

Clive Coates MW critic

The Vine (magazine) source
1992 tasting note year

Top of all the 1983s tasted. Fullish colour. Rich, raw, backward nose. But there is a lot of class and depth and complexity here. Fullish, still backward. Rich, meaty, multi-dimensional flavours. Slightly cooked plums, but in a 1982 claret sense. Very fine. Very good balance. Long. Subtle finish. Excellent.

Score: 19/20

Robert Parker critic

Wine Advocate (magazine) source
1989 tasting note year

[Graham's] vintage ports are truly sublime and sumptuous. The 1983, like most vintage ports, seems more forward than normal but has a great depth of very ripe, viscous, unctuous, plummy, tarry fruit and significant tannin in its long finish.  It is black-purple in color.  I doubt that it will be either as profound or as long-lived as the great 1977, but is is certainly one of the top two or three ports of this vintage, and better than the excellent 1980.

Score: 92/100

Michael Broadbent MW critic

Vintage Wine (book, Broadbent, 2002) source
1986 tasting note year

Black velvet in 1985 and 1986, fine wine, great length.

Score: 4 Stars

More about Graham's

To learn more about Graham's here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Graham's Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of four of the key Graham's properties:  Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta do Tua, Quinta das Lages and Quinta da Vila Velha.  If you would like to learn even more about Graham's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Graham's website.  Finally, if you will be in Porto, be sure to visit us at the Graham's Lodge across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia for a tour and tasting.

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