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Graham's Vintage Port 1997, Douro, Portugal
January 1997 at Malvedos was extremely cold and most unusually, snow covered the vineyard right down to the riverside. By early February the weather changed drastically, becoming unseasonably hot, no rain falling at all during February and March, with daily temperatures 4 degrees above average. This resulted in bud burst occurring at Malvedos 15 days earlier than usual. The warm weather encouraged rapid wine growth and flowering took place under ideal conditions nearly a month earlier than in 1996. The wet weather returned in April and May and this, combined with cool temperatures from May to August, slowed down the vines’ initial precocious development, leading to an even and balanced maturation. Mid-August heralded the return of the customary Douro heat, although heavy and prolonged rainfall fell on the Quinta on the 24th and 27th August. This was most welcome and had a highly beneficial effect on the grapes. By 10th September the heat had returned and the emperatures reached 42ºC at Malvedos. These high temperatures continued throughout the month at the crucial time of the vines’ ripening period. The text book maturation and the low yields ensured musts of outstanding quality and concentration.
After being crushed, the grapes are cooled down and periodically trodden by foot in granite "lagares" until the sugar contents of the must reaches the required level. This process lasts in average for three days. The must is then racked to the storage vats and wine brandy is added to stop fermentation.
Mix of Touriga Franca with other grape varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Amarela and Sousão.
Geur & Smaak
A very intense colour with a deep purple rim, on the nose showing a luscious ripeness with rich floral aromas and undertones of black cherry. On the palate a classic full-bodied structure, packed with layers of ripe fruit and firm tannins, with a long and lingering finish.
Graham’s 1997 Vintage Port is a fabulous way to end a lunch or dinner. It pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, such as chocolate mousse or Tiramisu, but it can also be enjoyed on its own, providing a memorable moment in the company of good friends.
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94 pt. JS / 96 pt. WE / 95 pt. WA