The consistency of quality of the wines from the Malvedos vineyard is such that in Vintage declarations they form the principal component of Graham’s classic Vintage Ports. In most intervening years, the wines from Malvedos merit bottling as standalone wines from a single vineyard: Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port. . As can often happen in the Douro, timely rain following a hot and dry summer can make all the difference and this is what happened in 2005 — one of the driest years ever recorded in the region, with a rainfall deficit of between 60% and 70% (compared to the 30-year average).
Decanter Gold - An expressively fruity wine with lovely spiced blackberrry, coffee, and cocoa scents, a dark chocholate concentration and some scondary smoky characteristics. The palate is very ripe, with powerful sweet berry fruit, kirsch liqueur.
Quinta dos Malvedos is Graham's flagship vineyards. This single quinta vintage, made in a year when no general vintage was declared, shows the great structure and fine perfumes that comes from this privileged site. Rich in plummy black fruits, powered still by tannins, the wine is approaching maturity. Drink now, although it will age for many years.
This late release is in a good place right now, with gently mulled plum, blackberry and fig fruit flavors infused with singed anise, tobacco and alder notes. Offers a light ganache coating on the finish, which has a smoldering feel. Drink now through 2025. 3,000 cases made. –JM