The Malvedos 2012 is made from selected grapes picked at Graham’s original Quinta and from a single exceptional year, in which quantities of fruit were low and the wines achieved an elegant intensity. Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage Port is an expression of the terroir of one of the finest estates in the Douro Valley: the vineyards where Graham’s Ports have been made since 1890. Located on the North bank of the Douro River, the property has an ideal Southfacing aspect; while at the same time, the mountainous terrain, with the terraced vineyards hugging the hillside, creates micro-climatic variation across the property. The wines from Malvedos are renowned for their balance, elegance and complexity. They also incorporate the unique Douro flavours and aromas of the esteva or gum cistus flower, which grows in the wild scrub surrounding the vineyards. The yields in the vineyards at Malvedos were more than 30% lower than many other vineyards in the Douro Valley in 2012. The average yield on the property was just 650g of fruit per vine. All Graham’s Vintage Ports are trodden in lagares at the Quinta’s small, dedicated winery, below the estate house, adjacent to the river. Graham’s usually only releases its Single Quinta Vintage Port after approximately a decade of bottle-maturation in the cellars beneath the Graham’s Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Malvedos is Graham's flagship Douro vineyard. This vintage Port from the estate is maturing well but still not mature. The wine's concentration with dense black fruits, perfumed, sweet and concentrated. This great wine still needs time.
This has matured nicely, with a fine-grained structure carrying gently steeped plum and blackberry fruit, while licorice root, alder and mulling spice hints fill in through the finish. Feels at peak, but no rush. Nicely done from an unheralded vintage. Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Sousão.
Pure fruited with roses and tar on the nose, a little herbaceous but really pleasant.