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The 2015 The Stone Terraces Vintage Port is a field blend, heavy on the Touriga Nacional, although not so listed, from two vineyards with stone terraces at Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos. It comes in with 106 grams per liter of residual sugar. This is gorgeous, with the potential for significant further development. Tight and focused, it is also refined, elegant and very sophisticated. It shows enough backbone to age well, although you might be able to approach this young Porto earlier than indicated. That said, it will certainly need some bottle age to gain complexity. Laced at the moment with primary fruit, raspberries mingling with plums, it is lifted, aromatic and delicious, lingering beautifully on the finish. Its purity of fruit makes it very appealing and sometimes stunning. Its finesse is exceptional, too. It could, perhaps, use a bit more concentration, but it is firing on all burners elsewhere. It is one of the 2015s that, I suspect, people will just love to drink even if it never quite improves to the point of sensational. Here's hoping it fleshes out a bit, comes together and merits an uptick in time. This has been released. There were just 4,800 bottles produced.(MS)
When in the late autumn of 2012 Charles Symington and his cousins tasted this Vintage Port from the Quinta dos Malvedos Stone Terraces, the decision was taken to bottle 4 pipes (casks) of this magnificent wine.
Graham's The Stone Terraces Vintage Port is a tribute to the men and women who labored to build the original stone walls at Quinta dos Malvedos in the late 18th century.
GRAHAM’S DECLARES STONE TERRACES 2015 VINTAGE PORT
Port producer Graham’s has declared 2015 a vintage year at its 2.9-hectare Stone Terrace vineyard at Quinta dos Malvedos in the Douro’s Cima Corgo region.
Graham’s The Stone Terraces Vintage Port is only bottled when the vineyard is deemed to have produced a “an incomparable wine” deriving from its unique location and composition
The Stone Terrace vineyard at Malvedos is composed of three parcels in a narrow, curving valley and all are immediately adjacent, one facing north, another due east and one due west. None of its vineyards face south.
In most of this vineyard there is a single row of vines on each traditional dry stone-walled terrace, which are of between 1.6 and 3 meters high.
Graham’s made the point that its quality does not always follow the general pattern of vintage Port declarations in the region, with the first ever The Stone Terraces release the 2011 Vintage Port.
Grapes were picked by hand on the 12 and 13 of September, a couple of days before substantial rain fell across the Douro Valley, and were then fermented in lagares in the estate’s own winery.
Yields were incredibly low at just 0.82 kg per vine but several hours of treading over the following days delivered a “magnificent wine with sublime floral aromas of violets”, said Graham’s in a release.
The warm surface stones in the soil and the walls themselves play an important role in sustaining maturation through the night, while the balance achieved by the varying aspects is key to this rare wine.
The Symington family, owners of Graham’s, described the 2015 The Stone Terraces as a vintage Port of “extraordinary elegance and complexity” that will “age superbly”.
Just 400 cases of the vintage Port will be produced.
The small 2.9-hectare Stone Terrace vineyard at Quinta dos Malvedos produced an extraordinary wine in 2015. The grapes were picked by hand on the 12th and 13th of September, a couple of days before substantial rain fell across the Douro Valley, and were then fermented in lagares in the estate’s own winery. Yields were incredibly low at just 0.82 kg per vine but several hours of treading over the following days delivered a magnificent wine with sublime floral aromas of violets.