Manuel Rocha, fourth generation taster and blender, worked closely with Charles Symington, head winemaker, to assess the finest wines made in 2014. The year was characterized by a relatively cool summer, which brought out the best in the Touriga Nacional and Sousão, particularly from the Malvedos and Tua vineyards. They chose these as the two principal component varieties for this wine; the floral aromas of rock rose and compact black fruit flavors of the Touriga Nacional are perfectly balanced by the freshness and spice contributed by the Sousão. Smaller contributions were made by other varieties from the other vineyards traditionally supplying Graham’s: Quinta da Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas. The grapes were trodden in the modern lagares at the small Malvedos winery
Perfumed and elegant, following the Graham house style, this is a balanced Port. It is poised between sweetness and a core of dryness both from tannins and restrained fruitiness. Being a Late Bottled Vintage, it can be drunk now, although it is likely it will be even better from 2021.