Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve ‘River Quintas’ NV
Six Grapes Special ‘River Quintas’ Edition pays homage to the original Six Grapes label, Graham’s signature Reserve blend.
Deep bluish-purple colour, as opaque as a young Vintage Port. Aromas of blackberry and cassis with hints of mint and eucalyptus, ending on a note of tar and spice. The concentrated palate features dark plum and ripe cherry, liquorice and chocolate flavours. Balanced by a wonderful fresh acidity and a persistent, taut finish.
Delightful at the end of a meal. Especially if served with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, or a variety of cheeses. Or you can enjoy it on its own: it is a dessert in itself!
Two classic riverside vineyard sites were chosen for this special blend: Quinta do Tua and Quinta dos Malvedos. The over 50-year-old mixed varietal plantings from Quinta do Tua, typically picked early in the harvest, consistently produce outstanding results, with minimal average yields of 0.65 kg of grapes per vine. Graham’s flagship Quinta dos Malvedos produces extraordinarily concentrated Touriga Franca grapes picked towards the end of the harvest. These 32-year-old vines benefit from a very favourable south/south-west aspect, where the plentiful exposure to the Douro sun is well-suited for late-ripening Touriga Franca.
The blend of Six Grapes Special ‘River Quintas’ Edition is made up of approximately one third each of Quinta do Tua’s 2014 and 2015 vintages, and one third from the Malvedos Touriga Franca ‘Vinha dos Barcos’ vineyard made in 2015. The wines were all vinified in the lagares at the Malvedos winery. The three components are married together to produce a charming and complex wine.
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