x
  • Country ranking ?

    79
  • Producer ranking ?

    5
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2040
  • Food Pairing

    Aged Stilton

The Story

Graham's declares a Vintage Port only in exceptional years, perhaps three times in a decade, and in the intervening years may produce a Quinta Vintage Ports from Quinta dos Malvedos or Quinta do Tua. These Quinta Vintage Ports are aged in our cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for 10 years or more after harvest, before being released to the market, ready for enjoyment.

Graham’s Vintage Ports are outstanding for their consistent quality and long life.  James Suckling’s series of notes for old vintages tasted in 1990 confirm this – how many wines, after 40 or more years, are rated so highly and noted as “will improve with age” ? 

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Vintage 1994

Vintage Overview 1994
Classic, monumental wines with fabulous rich fruit character. An outstanding Vintage. Probably one of the best of the 20th Century. General declaration.


The Viticultural Year

After a number of exceptionally dry years, the very wet winter of 1993/4 came as a great relief and replaced valuable water reserves. March and April were beautifully warm, rapidly bringing on the development of the vines. The weather for the remainder of spring and summer was ideal with the vines developing under perfect conditions. Vintage started on the 21st September at Malvedos with the grapes in better condition than had been seen for manyyears. The vintage took place with warmdry days and cool nights.

Contemporary Family Comments

'It rained on the 13th and through to the 14th September. This proved ideal, particularly to those who had resisted the temptation to pick earlier, as the skins were softened and the grapes swelled and the sugar levels increased. The vintage took place under ideal conditions. Occasionally rain threatened but only the odd shower materialised'.

October 1994 Peter Symington

Wine Specification
Alcohol by Volume: 20% v/v (20ºc)
Total Acidity: 4.80 g/l tartaric acid
Baumé: 3.4
Vineyards: The Graham 1994 came
principally from Quinta dos Malvedos
and Quinta dos Lages

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A stunning VP in scintillating form. Intense and concentrated. Coffee bean notes, layered, dense with lots of black fruit characters. Some soft tannins there. Has a very long future ahead of it. Good acidity. Opened up even more with time. Really delicious and impressive.
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Nose: Raisins, spice, chocolate, deep blackberry fruit. Love this!

 

Palate: Chocolate & rich full dark cherries & berries. Very rich, full & long. Dusty, with a hint of earth & spice. Still very young.

 

94 Points, room for improvement, but needs many years to develop.

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Opaque ruby purple colour. Extremely dense, complex and rich nose with licorice, orange blossom, violets, medicinal notes, roasted coffee and nutty aromas. Sweet, full-bodied wine, intense dark fruit flavours with big ripe tannins and warming long length. Anis, orange blossoms, violets, brambles, nuts and medicinal notes all well pronounced on flavours. Beautifully balanced rich port with fragrant style and a long future ahead.
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Information

Origin

Porto, Douro

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

18C

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 Toshi Nakamoto, Sommelier (Japan)  tasted  Vintage Port 1994  ( Graham's )

"Opaque ruby purple colour. Extremely dense, complex and rich nose with licorice, orange blossom, violets, medicinal notes, roasted coffee and nutty aromas. Sweet, full-bodied wine, intense dark fruit flavours with big ripe tannins and warming long length. Anis, orange blossoms, violets, brambles, nuts and medicinal notes all well pronounced on flavours. Beautifully balanced rich port with fragrant style and a long future ahead."

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