Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage 2015
Versatile and approachable. The 2015 Late Bottled Vintage Port is a commemorative edition, bottled in the year that marks Graham’s bicentenary (1820–2020). Available in three brightly coloured presentation tubes: deep red, royal blue and ochre.
The grapes are sourced from four of Graham’s vineyards located in various prime sites within the mountainous Douro Valley. This wine matured in large oak barrels at the Graham’s 1890 lodge for 5 years prior to being bottled. Late Bottled Vintages, as the term implies, are bottled later than classic Vintage Ports. Since it spends twice as long in wood as Vintage Port, it is more accessible at an early age and is released ready to drink. Once opened, the wine will remain fresh for up to 6 weeks.
Charles Symington, Graham’s head winemaker, made this entry in his 2015 vintage logbook: “Patience, playing the waiting game, were key during the 2015 harvest in the Douro. The confidence and flexibility to revise our picking schedule on an almost daily basis ensured that each grape variety delivered its full potential. Fully ripened berries with balanced maturations were the reward for correctly reading the signs in our vineyards.”
Deep red-black colour. Bright aromas of blackberries and liquorice brim from the glass, with background notes of red roses and mint. Dried fruits, such as raisins and prunes, complement the chocolate and dark fruit flavours in the mouth. The palate is full and compact with a plummy texture that is balanced by a lively freshness and subtle spice element.