Six Grapes Reserve Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Six Grapes has won a remarkable 7 gold medals and 2 trophies at the most prestigious international tasting competitions over the last two decades. This is Graham's Reserve Port and is one of the house's signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance. The distinctive depiction of the six bunches of grapes on the bottle originates from the marks long-used in the Graham's Lodge to classify the quality of the wines in the casks. The six-grapes symbol is Graham's age-old mark of quality, used to identify the very finest wines from the best vineyards, which were destined to make up the Vintage Port or Six Grapes lots. Six Grapes is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards that contribute to Graham's famed Vintage Ports. It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.
2013 Quinta Madelena Vintage Port, Smith Woodhouse, Douro Valley, Portugal
Smith Woodhouse is a specialist producer of premium quality Ports. The uniformity of this quality is underpinned by Smith Woodhouse’s own Madalena vineyard from where the wines are largely sourced.
2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham’s 2015 LBV is very deep purple in colour with an intense garnet edge. The wine offers enticing aromas of red and black fruits with some lovely mint and eucalyptus notes. It is generous on the palate, with Graham’s typical opulence, revealing delicious blackberry fruit underscored by ripe, polished tannins, which give the wine great freshness and vitality. The finish reveals Graham’s signature complexity and elegance in equal measure.
This wine has been matured in wood in the Graham’s 1890 lodge for five years after which it was bottled ready for drinking. Late Bottled vintages, as the term implies, are bottled later than classic Vintage Ports (the latter after two years). The Graham’s 2015 can be enjoyed anytime and pairs wonderfully with dark chocolate desserts as well as semi-cured and cured cheeses like Cheddar and Manchego. Once open, the wine will keep in good condition for several weeks.
Fine White Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
A limited number of white grape varieties are used in this Port’s production, foremost amongst which is Malvasia Fina, which gives this wine its attractive fruity and crisp flavour. Makes an excellent aperitif when served chilled or as a long drink with tonic water and a slice of lemon.
20 Year Old Tawny Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham's 20 Years Old Tawny is the result of the Master Blender's quest for the perfect balance between young and aged Port wines. This is a Port wine perfected over twenty years to delight those in pursuit of excellence.
It has an amber; golden tawny colour and excellent bouquet; with a typically nutty character and delicious mature fruit; hints of orange peel; exquisitely mellowed by careful ageing. On the palate it's rich, softly sweet and smooth; perfectly balanced with a long and elegant finish.
10 Year Old Tawny Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham's 10 Years Old Tawny Port is a tribute to craftsmanship. It epitomizes the passion for excellence and precision that is at the heart of every one of Graham's handmade Tawny Ports. After a decade of care and slow oak-maturation this wine is a wonderful example of the complex flavours of Tawny Port. This is a Port wine for those who appreciate quality in every detail.
It's Deep tawny in colour with complex nutty aromas, combined with hints of honey and figs. On the palate it displays rich, mature fruit flavours; beautifully mellowed; with a luscious, long finish.
2008 Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port, Dow's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Deep red centre and garnet rim. Fragrant notes of mint and fresh wildflowers, as well as attractive red fruit aromas. Supple and elegant on the palate with gorgeous flavours of red cherries and raspberries, garnished with peppery tannins, and a subtle dark chocolate undertone. Excellent long finish with Dow’s characteristic dry edge. A very accomplished, complete wine, offering up much pleasure now but with the structure to carry on ageing in bottle for another five to six years.
One of the Douro Valley’s finest vineyards, Bomfim is the heart of some of the company’s greatest Ports, having provided wines for Dow’s Vintage Ports ever since it was acquired in 1896. The estate is situated in the centre of the best wine-producing area known as the ‘Cima Corgo’, which offers an ideal balance between the relatively wet ‘Baixo Corgo’ to the west and the intense heat of the ‘Douro Superior’ to the east.
In the good year’s when Dow’s does not ‘declare’ a Vintage, the best Ports of Quinta do Bomfim are carefully selected and bottled as Dow’s Quinta do Bomfim Vintage Port. These wines are exceptionally good. They will tend to mature a little earlier than the very rare ‘Declared’ years, but can be every bit as good as some other Vintage Ports.
Bomfim is a classic ‘River Quinta’ with several natural advantages: it is south-facing ensuring ideal exposure to the sun; its stony schist soil affords excellent drainage, allowing water to reach the vine’s deep roots; the annual average rainfall is near perfect at 800mm; the altitude ranges from 120 to 340 metres above sea level, accommodating both gentle gradients lower down and progressively steeper slopes higher up the valley side. A further advantage is the consistency of the climate, blessed with a favourable combination of temperate and Mediterranean influences, respectively from Portugal’s Atlantic coast to the west and the Spanish plateau to the east
The whole Bomfim vineyard is ‘A-rated’, the highest quality grading conferred by the region’s wine regulatory body. The vineyards are now almost entirely planted in varietal batches, meaning each variety may be picked and subsequently vinified separately, thus allowing for each grape’s maximum potential to be achieved. The principal grape varieties planted are: Touriga Franca (30%); Touriga Nacional (20%); Tinta Barroca (13%); Tinta Roriz (13%) and old mixed vines (12%), whilst other grape varieties account for the remaining 12%. Two-thirds of the vineyard is now over 20 years old, whilst one third is between 30 to 40 years old.
Wine profile: When young, Bomfim wines are purple-black, austere, complex and intensely concentrated; they are characterised by very fine peppery tannins. Over the centuries, the winemakers at Bomfim have evolved a style that suits this particular vineyard; fermentations are a little longer, resulting in a drier Port Wine that has become the hallmark of Dow’s. The grapes are normally extremely ripe at the time of picking, a direct result of the low-lying position of the main vineyard. Spice and pepper balance the black chocolate flavours and these are very evident in all Bomfim Ports. Abundant fruit flavours with hints of maple, raisins and ripe blackberries give elegance and poise to this wine. The very high percentage of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional planted on the estate result in the powerful aromas of mint and violets on the finest Ports from Bomfim.
Winemaking: Bomfim’s wines are vinified in the quinta’s fermentation vats which have been successively upgraded over the years and which continue to produce excellent wines. Selected batches of wines are also made at Dow’s other winery, Quinta do Sol, just a short distance downstream where the prototypes of the revolutionary robotic lagares were first trialled in 1998 and 1999.
1985 Vintage Port, Royal Oporto
The Real Companhia Velha is the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal, with more than 260 years of uninterrupted activity in the production of Port wine. Owner of some of the best farms in the Douro, the Real Companhia Velha is known to preserve and honor its tradition, but at the same time looking to the future, through a constant process of modernization and experimentation in the Douro region.
The excellent, vibrant 1985 vintage produced this classic port. A classic nose and a rich sweet full bodied taste will delight any port drinker.
1999 Colheita Port, Feuerheerds, Douro Valley, Portugal
Colheita 1999 has been carefully selected and matured in seasoned oak casks to produce a rich mellowness with finest balance and elegance of old tawnies. This wine is aged in barrel and has tawny red hues and concentrated sweet, spiced fruit flavours, balanced by gentle acidity in the mouth.
2016 Grahams Vintage Port
40 Year Old Tawny Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham's 40 Years Old Tawny is witness to a long-standing tradition. This wine is composed by Graham's Master Blender from wines put aside in the cellar by his great-grandfather, grandfather, father and uncles. The Master Blender also sets aside wines for future generations. Graham's 40 Years Old Tawny Port is for those who appreciate the extraordinary, complex and subtle taste of time. The golden amber colour, with a pale green tinge at the rim, denotes the great age of the port. The aromas are very complex with a powerful fragrance that expresses its age, and on the palate an array of flavours, from delicate fruit and raisins, to toasted toffee and chocolate, lead to a long and hugely satisfying aftertaste.
1994 Vintage Port, Fonseca, Douro, Portugal
"One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exotic, flamboyant, ostentatious port. Extremely fragrant and pungent, with a flashy display of jammy cassis, pepper, licorice, and truffles, this port is an attention-grabber. Awesomely rich, and full-bodied, with superb length, richness, and overall balance, it possesses a huge mid-palate, layers of flavor, an unctuous texture, and a blockbuster finish. Everything is in place, with the brandy and tannin well-integrated, even concealed by the masses of fruit and glycerin. This wine will drink fabulously well at age ten, but keep for up to thirty years." 97pts, Robert Parker
4.5L bottle - 10 Year Old Tawny, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Aged in seasoned oak pipes (534 litre casks) for an average of ten years and blended to a consistent marque each time it’s bottled. Much lighter than Vintage Port, these wines are delicious when served slightly chilled and are sometimes drunk as an aperitif as well as after a meal.
This 4.5ltr bottle will serve a good sized crowd, or simply keep you going for quite a few days!
2014 Late Bottled Vintage, Feuerheerd's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Feueheerd's are specialists in maturing Ports and releasing them when they are ready to drink, and this 2014 Late Bottled Vintage is a great example. This port is far more serious than many in its price range, with a deep colour with purple hues and revealing a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish
10 yr old Tawny Port, Feuerheerds, Douro Valley, Portugal
This port has a deep colour with purple hues and reveals a fine and complex nose. On the palate, it has great vibrancy with ripe fruit flavours, black chocolate and black pepper combined harmoniously with well integrated tannins and a velvety texture. Complex and multidimensional, with a deep long finish.
In 1815, German trader Dietrich Matthias Feuerheerd founded the company, by the same name, in Oporto. There he selected and aged the finest blends before shipping them to Northern Europe. The brand became famous for its vintage Ports, which in England became known as 'Anchor Ports', due to the dintinctive logo on the bottle. In 2010, the brand was acquired by Barao de Vilar, giving birth to a new partnership between the Van Zellars and the Barros family, who were determined to revive the the long tradition of quality Feuerheerd Ports. Both families have connections to the wine trade stretching back centuries. Today, the Ports are crafted by head winemaker Alvaro van Zeller, who focuses on creating the finest quality aged-Ports.
2005 Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port, Fonseca, Douro, Portugal
Opaque purple black with a narrow magenta rim. The nose is rich and exuberant, brimming with dark, seductive blackberry and cassis aromas laced with liquorice and treacle. The round, luscious palate follows through with a dense jammy infusion of wild berries and a mouthful of velvety tannins. The sumptuous fruity flavours of the mid palate are lifted by an attractive dryness and tannic grip on the finish
2003 Vintage Port, Taylors, Douro, Portugal
"The 2003 Taylor’s has a lovely ripe, primal bouquet of blackberry, raspberry, vanilla and marmalade that shows slightly better delineation than the Fonseca. The palate is medium-bodied with very composed, refined tannins that belie the heat of that summer. There is wonderful focus here and fine tension, the finish offering precise notes of black cherries, mulberry, cloves and white pepper. This is one of the finest Ports of a precocious vintage." 95pts, Wine Advocate
1994 Vintage Port, Martinez, Douro, Portugal
A fabulous Port from this under-the-radar Port house. Martinez are one of the oldest producers in the Douro Valley (although ownership has changed in recent years) and in the universally declared 1994 vintage they really came back with a bang. Heavily praised in the late 1990s as a superb young Port, it has now mellowed and developed some wonderful mature characteristics. It's not a heavyweight, but it has lovely balance and combines fruit with gentle spice, chocolatey notes and dried fruits.
2016/2017 Vintage Port Selection
Limited mixed case offer (Current individual market value £425 - £455)
Six bottle mixed case, includes:
1 x 2016 Warre's Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Dow's Vintage Port
1 x 2016 Graham's Vintage Port
1 x 2017 Warre's Vintage Port
1 x 2017 Cockburn's Vintage Port
1 x 2017 Dow's Vintage Port
The Symington family have been producing and shipping Port since Andrew James Symington arrived in Porto in 1882. Today the family portfolio includes many of the great names in the Port world, and in 2016 and 2017 they produced some of their best of the century so far. To get two such exceptional vintages in a row is almost unheard of, indeed it's the first time in the family's history that they have 'declared' two vintages in a row.
To celebrate this we have put together our own unique selection from across the two vintages
1992 Churchill's Vintage Port, Single Quinta Agua Alta
Churchill's 1992 Agua Alta is a big, thick, chocolatey, blockbuster-styled vintage port, with considerable tannin, superb flavor extraction, massive body, and huge length. It will require 5-6 years of aging, but patience will be rewarded; this wine will prove to be a stunning example of the 1992 vintage and last for 25-30 years. Drink 2000-2025. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
30 Year Old Tawny Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Graham's is one of the last Port companies with its own cooperage team, who care for each cask individually. This, combined with the skill of the Master Blender, has resulted in Graham's mastering the art of making an outstanding 30 Years Old Tawny Port. The wine's contact with the wood of the cask works hand-in-hand with time to create one of life's greatest wines. This wine is for those who are passionate about the art of great Port wines. Its colour is light, orange-tinted amber. On the nose there is an array of dried fruits, and on the palate the flavours are mature and concentrated with full, honeyed fruit. Gorgeously mellow, with a remarkable, long finish.
2016 Warres Vintage Port
2016 Dows Vintage Port
Dow’s Vintage Ports are only produced in years of exceptional quality and represent only a very small part of the total company’s production in that year. On average only two or three times every ten years are the weather conditions sufficiently good to allow for the making of Dow’s Vintage Port. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Dow’s Vintage Ports have been landmark wines in virtually every great year, consistently setting the standards amongst all Port houses. Dow's Vintage Ports are drawn from the companies' finest vineyards; Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta de Senhora da Ribeira. Each property contributes to the Dow’s unique and distinctive style. This 2016 is a small production vintage with just 5.480 cases released to the market.
Very Dow in intensity, nervous and tense as a thoroughbred. Typically Dow's in the aromatic depth with touch of black plums and shale powder with notes of rosemary and violets. Voluminous on the palate. A well toned wine of impressive structure.
2015 Vintage Port, Cockburn's, Douro Valley, Portugal
Cockburn's owns two important vineyards in the Upper Douro Valley. Both are in the rugged, remote Douro Superior, some 140 kilometres upriver from the city of Porto. The special hot and dry climatic conditions of this Douro sub-region give a unique style and quality to all of Cockburn's Ports. Quinta dos Canais is one of the major Douro estates, with a total area of 272 hectares, of which close to 100 are under vine. Just eight kilometres further upstream is the beautiful Quinta do Vale Coelho, a small 19-hectare property of which two-thirds are planted to vines. Both Quintas are situated on the north bank of the River Douro and their vineyards are mostly south-facing, which is ideal for the grapes' ripening. Together, Canais and Vale Coelho provide Cockburn's with its finest grapes, used in the making of Cockburn's famed Vintage Ports. The resulting wine is focused and precise, with great vitality and purity of fruit. Exuding freshness, it springs out of the glass with aromas of fleshy, black plums, and eucalyptus and flavours of red cherries. Well-toned and muscular, Cockburn's 2015 Vintage Port is full-flavoured with a typical Cockburn's 'grip'.
1983 Vintage Port, Graham's, Douro Valley, Portugal
This is a very muscular, powerful and age-worthy Vintage. It has exceptional balance and structure, and is intensely aromatic and full-bodied on the palate. There is an explosion of luscious black fruit flavours ending with hints of spice and mint. In blind tastings, the Graham's 1983 invariably obtains exceptional ratings.