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    2020-2035

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The extraordinary quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyard is such that in Vintage declarations these wines provide the main structure of Graham’s classic Vintage Ports. In most interim years, the wines from Malvedos merit bottling as a Single Quinta Vintage Port: Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port.

Graham’s Malvedos Vintage Ports have won an astonishing collection of awards at the world’s major international wine competitions over recent years, with 14 Gold medalsover the last two decades, clearly outperforming all other Quinta Vintage Ports.

 

Like the great wines from the top estates of Bordeaux, Single Quinta Vintage Port is made from the grapes of a single harvest and from an individual estate. Single Quinta Vintage Ports are produced and bottled in the same way as Vintage Ports, but they are made in undeclared years. These wines are very similar, and very good value alternatives, to classic Vintages and express the character of the terroir from which they come.Malvedos Vintage Ports are bottled without filtration and so will continue to age like a classic Vintage Port. They are usually drunk approximately 8-10 years after harvest but will almost always continue to age well for far longer.

Graham’s Malvedos Vintage Port presents the Graham’s style admirably, with its expressive floral characteristics and opulent blackberry fruit flavours. It is usually more approachable at a younger age than classic Vintage Port, therefore providing an excellent alternative while waiting for the latter to fully mature. Quinta dos Malvedos 1988 Vintage Port was the first ever Port (and in fact, the first ever Portuguese wine) to be ranked in the prestigious Wine Spectator’s annual ‘Top 100 Wines of the World'. It also won gold medals in two consecutive years at the London International Wine Challenge.

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The 2019 Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port was bottled in May 2021 after about 18 months in old vats. It is mostly a 52/28 blend of Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, plus 5% Sousão and the rest a field blend from old vines (from the Stone Terraces parcel). It comes in with 101 grams per liter of residual sugar. This, after a couple of hours of decanting, is rather soft and sexy but also a little flat, not showing as much substance or as much power as I might have hoped. Some of the other single-quinta Ports from the Symingtons this issue show more of an identity and more structure. This is still pretty good. Perhaps, too, some aging will have it open up and show better in time. It is going to get that time. There was no pricing as of this writing because this will not be released for 10 years, part of the Symingtons familiar late-release program. – Mark Squires, Wine Advocate 91p (Oct 2021)

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The 2019 Quinta do Malvedos has a crisper, perhaps slightly more angular nose compared to the Quinta dos Canais. Dark fruit, blackberry, bilberry, clove and crushed iris scents vying for attention. The palate is well defined and high-toned with grippy tannins. One of the spiciest Malvedos vintages that I remember. Touches of white pepper, truffle, tobacco and orange rind lace the finish. I suspect this will benefit from 4-6 years in the cellar.

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Porto, Douro

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