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Graham's The Stone Terraces 2011

Release Notes

At Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos two parcels have produced consistently extraordinary wines which for years have been at the heart of Graham’s declared Vintage Ports. 

Both Parcel #43, known as Port Arthur, and #37, Vinha dos Cardenhos, are planted on old stone-walled terraces, Port Arthur facing primarily east and Vinha dos Cardenhos facing north.  The combination of their aspects and their being on stone walled terraces which hold and reflect the heat of the sun, makes the wines from these two parcels very different in character from the rest of the primarily south-facing soil-terraced quinta.  Both parcels are primarily Touriga Nacional though there are some vines of other varieties, a legacy of the traditional field mixtures that characterised Douro vineyards for centuries.  

In 2011, the Symington family resolved to pick both vineyards at the same time.  Picking took place by hand on the morning of 21st September, in order to ensure the grapes were cool when they arrived at the winery, and the grapes from both parcels were vinified together in the same lagar, which was run off on the 24th September.

A year later in 2012, the hopes and plans of September 2011 were fully vindicated when Charles Symington and his cousins tasted the Malvedos “Stone Terraces” lot and decided to bottle 4 pipes (casks) of this unique Vintage Port.

Graham’s The Stone Terraces 2011 Vintage Port is very individual:  it has highly specific characteristics with a very intense tannic structure and a colour of purple-black intensity.  The easterly and northerly aspect of these two small vineyards results in fresh scented aromas of violets and mint.  There is a complex palate of weighty and spicy tannins combined with blackberry and blackcurrant fruit.  This is an extraordinary wine of great power and elegance; it is a new departure for Graham’s and the Symington family.

Read more about The Stone Terraces 2011 Vintage Port on the VPS Blog.

Production: 250 cases (3,000 bottles - 75cl)  each bottle individually numbered
Winemakers: Charles Symington and Henry Shotton

Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20ºC)
Total acidity – 4.35 (g/l)
Baumé – 3.60

Tasting Notes

Sarah Ahmed critic source
2013 tasting note year

It’s a perfumed, spicy, swoonful delight on nose and palate – sweet and opulent with its glacé red cherry, kirsch and black cherry fruit on the one hand and with great juicy vinosity – an elegance -  on the other.  Notes of saddle soap, dried herbs, liquorice and sweet cinnamon leaven, layer and lengthen the palate – a real backbone of spice – like a super-charged Collioure!  But with its fine tannins, an elegant Port. 

Manuel Carvalho critic

Público / Fugas (newspaper) source
2013 tasting note year

O Stone Terraces é uma obra-prima.  Pelos seus aromas exuberantes de fruta, neta e arbustos durienses, pelas suas sugestões de chá preto, pelas notas especiadas que o tornam um objecto intrigante no nariz tal a sua complexidade e riqueza.  Pelo seu volume de boca, pelo poder dos seus taninos, que tanto prenunciam décadas de longevidade como são capazes de se conjugar com a acidez a fruta para propiciar no imediato uma boa prova.  Ao contrário da fragilidade das vinhas velhas de onde vem, este é um vintage fogoso, intenso e que deixa uma sensação de especiaria no final de boca tão intensa que parece pólvora.

The Stone Terraces is a masterpiece.  For its exuberant aromas of fruit, mint and Douro shrubs, for its suggestions of black tea, for its intriguing spice notes, such is its complexity and richness on the nose. For its volume on the palate, the power of its tannins, which announce decades of longevity whilst at the same time combining with the acidity and fruit to render it immediately approachable.  In contrast to the fragility of the old vines from which it comes, this is a fiery and intense vintage port which leaves a spicy sensation on the finish so intense it’s almost explosive.

Jamie Goode critic source
2013 tasting note year

Just 2600 vines included in this, the first vintage of this new super-cuvee, and it’s amazing – structured, powerful, yet still immensely pretty. Refined spicy, dark fruits nose leads to an amazingly rich, sweet, pure palate with lovely bite. From a north facing and an east facing block at Malvedos, which is atypical for the property.

Score: 96–98/100

Richard Mayson critic source
2013 tasting note year

Still raw with tar-like concentration, incredibly dense with lovely, rich fleshy fruit, minty ripeness with a touch of eucalypt.  Very powerful.  Would Graham’s have been even better if this was included in the blend? 2030 – 2050

Score: 5 Stars, 19 Points

More about Graham's The Stone Terraces

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 from which Graham's The Stone Terraces is made, as well as 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. 2015

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