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Graham's 2011

Release Notes

Quinta dos Malvedos is the leading wine in this Graham’s Vintage Port, as it has been since 1890.  Contributing 35% of the final blend, the Malvedos wines give floral characteristics of eucalyptus and mint, with soft violet overtones. On the taste, Malvedos gives cassis, mulberry and blackberries, all at perfect ripeness, balanced by well-structured tannins. The Malvedos wines are always rich and very ripe, the result of its predominantly south-facing aspect.

Quinta do Tua, with its very old terraced vines that face west, gives tremendous concentration, texture and flavours of black cherries (16% of final blend). Two kilometres downriver, Quinta da Vila Velha (18%) also faces west and brings intense purple-black wines with notes of esteva (rockrose) and violets and flavours of black chocolate. Since the early 20th century, the great Rio Torto vineyard Quinta das Lages has been used to make Graham’s Vintage Ports. Lages brings elegant complexity, concentration and fine violet aromas to the Graham’s 2011 (12%).

Finally, the family has chosen some wines from the very low-yielding and north-facing Quinta do Vale de Malhadas (19%) in the Douro Superior to give sinewy tannins and some fine coffee flavours. The Malhadas wines, the family believes, will contribute to the longevity of the Graham’s 2011, with its firm tannins and concentrated flavours.

All the component wines have been vinified in lagar, and the final blend by varietal is 40% Touriga Nacional, 31% Touriga Franca, 23% Vinha Velha (old mixed vineyards), and 6% Sousão.

The Graham’s 2011 Vintage Port is a profound and complex wine of incredible intensity. Purple-black to the rim, this wine gives fine aromas of blue-violets, black China tea and ripe red fruit. On the palate, it offers an initial taste of powerful and vigorous fruit, merging into flavours of bitter black chocolate and fine acidity with balanced and mature, but not dry, tannins. The final flavour is clean and perfectly defined. This wine will age well, evolving into a finely balanced and elegant wine in the decades to come.

Production: 8,000 cases (7,000 of 12/75cl)
Winemakers: Charles Symington and Henry Shotton

Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20ºC)
Total acidity – 4.20 (g/l)
Baumé – 3.8

Tasting Notes

Sarah Ahmed critic source
2013 tasting note year

Though the nose is very tight, there’s an attractive whiff of violets and black pepper.  In the mouth, the whole is most definitely better than the sum of its parts.  It is already very complete, with flamboyant yet lithe sweet red cherry and berry and crushed blackberry fruit, chocolate, liquorice, flowers and hard pan minerals (an underlying tensile quality).  Powerful, velvety tannins and beautifully integrated spirit and acidity support and extend the palate, lending this wine terrific palate presence and length.  A glorious wine of which there are 8,000 cases.  (Readers may be interested in Sarah's tasting notes about the five component ports of the Graham's 2011).

Pedro Garcias critic

Público / Fugas (newspaper) source
2013 tasting note year

É um vintage quase de joalharia, imponente e geométrico no seu esqueleto, de aroma distinto e delicado (fruta vermelha, violetas, eucalipto, menta, esteva…) e sabor complexo (fruta, cacau, especiarias). Os taninos são poderosos mas bem maduros, não secando o palato, e a acidez, para um vinho desta natureza, é magnífica. O final é voluptuoso e explosivo. Na verdade, não há muitas palavras para descrever um vinho destes. Descrevê-lo é perdermo-nos em detalhes que pouco interessam. Um simples adjectivo basta: soberbo.

It’s a vintage like fine jewelry, imposing and geometric in its framework, with a distinct and delicate aroma (red fruit, violets, eucalyptus, mint, rock-rose…) and complex flavour (fruit, chocolate, spices).  The tannins are powerful but mature, not drying the palate, and the acidity, for a wine of this type, is magnificent.  The finish is voluptuous and explosive.  Honestly, there aren’t words to describe a wine like this.  To describe it would be lose ourselves in details of little interest.  One simple adjective suffices to describe this Port: superb.

Jamie Goode critic source
2013 tasting note year

Pure, floral with slightly appley blackcurrant fruit nose. Very pretty and floral with amazing presence, some liqueur-like richness and a spicy bite on the finish.

Score: 93–96/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2013 tasting note year

The last sample I tasted had just been bottled and smelt a bit raw and reduced on the nose, big rich and intense, with a lot more to give; opulent, succulent fruit, fleshy in characteristic Graham’s style, very rich with liquorice concentration and full ripe tannins all the way through to the finish.  2030 – 50 +

Score: 5 Stars, 19 Points

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.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2007
  2. 2003
  3. 2000
  4. 1997
  5. 1994
  6. 1991
  7. 1985
  8. 1983
  9. 1980
  10. 1977
  11. 1975
  12. 1970
  13. 1966
  14. 1963
  15. 1960
  16. 1955
  17. 1948
  18. 1945
  19. 1942
  20. 1935
  21. 1927
  22. 1924
  23. 1920
  24. 1917
  25. 1912
  26. 1908
  27. 1904
  28. 1901
  29. 1897
  30. 1896
  31. 1894
  32. 1892
  33. 1890

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