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Really "roasted" nose. Cloves, roses and spices. So rich and voluptuous All-enveloping. Dark coffee, cassis. Raisins and Glorious Graham Glycerol – the three Gs! Another recent bottle had scented spices and very strong cloves on the nose. Extraordinary richness and voluptuousness. The alcohol is totally absorbed in the glycerol. Remarkable. So luscious and long-lasting. This wine just never fails.
Graham's has a reputation as a producer of outstanding Vintage Port for well over a century. These wines are renowned for their remarkable richness, concentration and firm tannic structure: a combination which yields impressive longevity. Graham's Vintage Ports consistently attain the highest ratings in tastings and invariably attract very high bids at fine wine auctions.
Vintage Ports are only made in years of exceptionally high quality harvests, which on average occur two or three times in a decade. The weather in the vineyards is the principal determining factor: conditions must be ideal throughout the growing season, as well as during the subsequent harvest.
Graham's extraordinary quality is the result of the unique characteristics of the five vineyards that contribute to the Vintage Port.
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” ?
1963 is a monumental Vintage of legendary proportions. One of the 20th Century's finest. Vintage Port against which all others are judged. Declared by all the major Port houses. Along with 1945 this Vintage is a classic.
Contemporary Family Comments
“The drought that had lasted since Whitsun broke on the morning of the 10th September with three hours steady rains. This was followed by several heavy thundery showers on the 11th, all of which has done a great deal of good. Now fine weather is required until the vintage”.
16th September 1963. Michael D Symington
Alcohol by Volume: 20% v/v (20ºc)
Total Acidity: 3.90 g/l tartaric acid
Declared by all the major Port houses, 1963 was a monumental vintage against which many others are now judged. Power, dimension and real character are all hallmarks of this most memorable vintage. And even after more than 45 years the best wines never fail to impress with their essential three components of fruit, tannin and elegance. 1963s almost always appear to be younger than they really are.