The declaration of the 2016 vintage follows in the footsteps of the legendary vintages produced over the past 200 years. This 2016 vintage is already a member of the hall-of-fame for Vintage Port, among other Graham’s classics such as 1896, 1908, 1927, 1945, 1963, 1966 and 1970.
Like most parts of the world, the Douro has not been isolated from the effects of climate change, and unusual weather conditions over recent years have often departed from those typically associated with classic vintage years. Fortunately, in 2016 the stars aligned and the year brought superbly structured and balanced wines, allowing the Symington family to announce a full vintage declaration.
The Symington family have had roots in Graham’s Port since 1882, when Andrew James Symington, son of a Glaswegian father and Shetland Mother, sailed to Porto to work for Graham’s Port, thus beginning his family’s long association with this famous house.
This is a classic expression of the Graham’s style: concentrated and opulent with layers of fresh, ripe, blackfruit flavours. Aromas of mint and eucalyptus with hints of dark chocolate. Smooth, silky and complex with a deep flavour and long finish, firm ripe tannins and fresh acidity providing a wonderful balance. Truly delightful and will reward careful cellaring. This is a true classic.
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