Graham’s 2017 LBV is very deep purple in 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.