Graham's 1980 Vintage Port has Graham's typically rich, concentrated fruit, and strong underlying grip, the result of firm tannins. This well-structured Vintage was initially unfairly underrated but it has since established its great worth. It is a beautifully balanced wine with a long future ahead of it. The Graham's 1980 stands amongst the finest wines of the Vintage.
Poor conditions during flowering and fruit-set reduced the crop size. Hot summer conditions proved very positive for ripening. Three days of rain during the harvest complicated matters, but picking took place at the right time and very good wines were made. Sugar readings tended to be rather low due to the variable growing season, however the heat during the vintage ensured a good start to fermentation and wines with plenty of good colour were produced.
This is very impressive, with loads of fruit and tannins. Deep ruby, with a floral, cherry and plum nose, full-bodied, with medium tannins and sweet plum flavors on the finish. — JS