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Graham's The Stone Terraces 2015

Release Notes

The small 2.9-hectare Stone Terrace vineyard at Quinta dos Malvedos produced an extraordinary wine in 2015. The grapes were picked by hand on the 12th and 13th of September, a couple of days before substantial rain fell across the Douro Valley, and were then fermented in lagares in the estate’s own winery. Yields were incredibly low at just 0.82 kg per vine but several hours of treading over the following days delivered a magnificent wine with sublime floral aromas of violets.

Tasting Notes

Symington Family Estates critic

SFE Tasting Room source
2017 tasting note year
Sublime floral essence; bouquet of roses and violets – gorgeous. Discreet hint of toffee. Exudes finesse. Superb opulence on the palate, whilst not overbearing. Reveals a palate of riches with mineral freshness and some peppery spice. Supremely refined, elegant and balanced. Divine.

Alex Bridgeman critic

The Port Forum source
2017 tasting note year
400 cases. Deep red with a plum-purple rim; opaque. An incredibly concentrated nose that is full of sour cherry and blackcurrant; very impressive. Power and a huge level of acidity balances the deep and powerful fruit on the palate with multiple nuances and subtle layers coming through. There are so many layers and twists to the flavours on the palate. The complexity also comes through on the aftertaste with so many floral tones. This is perfectly balanced with restrained power and perfect elegance. The length of the finish is measured in minutes. This is an astonishing wine, the best young vintage port I have tasted since I started tasting newly bottled vintage port with the 1994 vintage.

Score: 98-100/100

Derek Smedley MW critic

source
2017 tasting note year
Tasted at the Symington 2015 Port tasting May 2017.  Fragrant the nose has fresh bramble and bilberry the start of the palate quite light and refined. Depth of fruit in the middle the rich sweet black fruits backed by liquorice the concentrated fruit underpinned by exotic spices lighter at the back understated the finish has concentration yet finesse. Drink 2032-60.

Score: 98

Axel Probst critic

World of Port.de source
2017 tasting note year
Visually, almost black with medium-intense reflections. Complex, compact bouquet, cherry, cassis, inlaid plum and spicy notes. Creamy, full, balanced palate. Perfectly integrated tannins and acidity, and cherry and plum. Long, multi-stage finish with spicy finish.

Score: 19/20

Richard Mayson critic

Richardmayson.com source
2017 tasting note year
A wine from three small plots of vineyard in a narrow curving valley on the Malvedos estate. None of the plots faces south which proved advantageous in a hot, dry year like 2015. Very low yields: less than 1kg per vine. Wonderfully aromatic (reflecting the high percentage of Touriga Nacional) with a classic floral character but closing in on itself after a couple of days; soft, rich and opulent on the palate with broad-structured tannins building in the mouth and leading to a ripe, complete finish. Very accomplished wine. Just 400 cases produced, priced around £140 a bottle.

Score: 18.5

Greg Sherwood MW critic

Gregsherwoodmw.com source
2017 tasting note year
Only the second time produced, the anticipation waiting to taste this wine was intense. But this warm dry vintage in the upper Douro delivers yet again. There is a sweet opulent nose of raspberries and cream, bramble berry, strawberry confit, and mocha wood spice nuances. Beautifully rich and concentrated, this wine offers up damson plum, liquorice, salty cassis and the most seductive creamy sweet mineral tannins in a pristine, textural, harmonious package. Finely integrated acids with high quality spirit, seamless fruit concentration and a very long, lingering, pin point finish make for a very smart vintage port indeed.

Score: 97/100

Jancis Robinson MW critic

The Financial Times source
2017 tasting note year
One of the westernmost Symington properties, therefore coolish but in 2015 it was really, really dry. Made from a 2.9-ha steep vineyard at Malvedos facing east and north, and a tiny part facing west, in one of the hottest bits of Malvedos right down by the river. 820 g fruit per vine from single-row terraces. Mainly Touriga Nacional. Picked 12 and 13 September, earlier than most Symington 2015s. This is only the second Stone Terraces made – the first one was 2011. (There won’t be a Graham's 2015.) Just 400 cases made (2% of Malvedos production). Hand- picked. This is the first port to carry a Royal Warrant since Dow’s had one a century ago. Aromatic. Rich and pruny nose. Strongly, florally aromatic with a fine line of freshness through it. Almost refined on the finish! Very long and elegant.

Score: 18

James Suckling critic

James Suckling source
2017 tasting note year
This is a single vineyard port from the farm of Quinta do Malvedos. Smells like ink with a dark and earth aroma. Spicy. Dried flowers. Full and rich with slightly drier edge to this. Nice finish with dusty tannins. A beauty already. 400 cases made. This really grows on you. Long finish. Drink in 2023.

Score: 93

James Molesworth critic

The Wine Spectator source
2017 tasting note year
“Flattering, with a gorgeous, seductive and showy display of warm plum sauce, blueberry reduction and chocolate-covered acaí berry flavors rushing forth. Light milk chocolate and black licorice notes check in through the finish, which is juicy and open in feel. Best from 2028 through 2040.”

Score: 96 points (classic)

Manuel Carvalho critic

Público newspaper source
2017 tasting note year
The Stone Terraces, made from old vines from three small vineyards at Quinta dos Malvedos, once again displays intense, complex aromas and is a marvel of elegance on the palate. It is a feminine Vintage, delicate, polished, with a harmonious structure and vibrancy that deliver an unforgettable aftertaste.

Score: 98

Nuno Guedes critic

Revista de Vinhos source
2017 tasting note year
Deep-coloured. Floral aromas of rockrose. Blueberry emerges as well as red fruits — recently crushed. Very elegant with a powerful structure albeit very graceful. Endless finish, with plenty of dark chocolate and chocolate truffle. Still very young; will develop very well over time. A great life ahead of it.

Score: 19/20

Mark Squires critic

Robert Parker • The Wine Advocate source
2017 tasting note year
The 2015 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port is a field blend, heavy on the Touriga Nacional, although not so listed, from two vineyards with stone terraces at Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos. It comes in with 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is gorgeous, with the potential for significant further development. Tight and focused, it is also refined, elegant and very sophisticated. It shows enough backbone to age well, although you might be able to approach this young Port earlier than indicated. That said, it will certainly need some bottle age to gain complexity. Laced at the moment with primary fruit, raspberries mingling with plums, it is lifted, aromatic and delicious, lingering beautifully on the finish. Its purity of fruit makes it very appealing and sometimes stunning. Its finesse is exceptional too. It could perhaps, use a bit more concentration, but it is firing on all burners elsewhere. It is one of the 2015s that, I suspect, people will just love to drink even if it never quite improves to the point of sensational. Here's hoping it fleshes out a bit, comes together and merits an uptick in time. This has been released. There were just 4,800 bottles produced.

Score: 95

Roger Voss critic

Wine Enthusiast source
2017 tasting note year
An elegant wine with beautifully integrated tannins, this is concentrated as well as fruity. Its structure and blackberry fruits are sweet and ripe. The perfumes of this wine leave a stylish, fragrant aftertaste. Drink from 2027.

Score: 95

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. 2011


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