Grahams The Stone Terraces 2017 Vintage Port 2.25 L Tappit Hen – SOLD OUT
The 2017 Port Vintage is of exceptional quality. So much so that The Symington Family have declared the first back to back vintage declaration in the family’s 137 year history. The vintage was characterised by intense heat with record low levels of rainfall. Flowering and bud burst developed under good conditions and the high daytime temperatures and cool nights in August and September allowed for a gradual and even ripening. Harvest was exceptionally early, with some producers harvesting at the beginning of August. The harvest was around 20 to 30% down on a normal harvest, basically due to water stress. So, 2017 produced a smaller quantity of excellent fruit. Conditions were similar to 1945, an extremely highly regarded vintage. Expect powerful, intense and complex wines with great aromas and freshness. As Dirk Niepoort declared, “the 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort”, whilst Adrian Bridge, managing director of The Fladgate Partnership, stated “All our houses and their properties have produced exceptional wines, with impressive density, depth and aromatic potential”.
Grahams The Stone Terraces 2017 Vintage Port
The grapes used to make The Stone Terraces come from the magnificent hand-built stone terraces surrounding the estate house at Quinta dos Malvedos which date from the late 18th century and are planted predominately with the floral and aromatic Touriga Nacional. This is the fourth time that Stone Terraces has been made. The contributing Stone Terraces vineyard parcels at Malvedos were parcel 37, known as ‘Cardenhos’, and
parcel 43, called ‘Port Arthur’, each of them with little more than 1,300 vines.
Tasting note for the Grahams The Stone Terraces 2017 Vintage Port from the Symington Family Estates Tasting Room 2019 – “Extraordinary scents of orange blossom and rockrose, with notes of pine needles and bergamot in the background. The palate is opulent and seductive, revealing mesmerising concentration and incredible intensity without detracting from the wine’s exceptional structure and balance. Very fine acidity provides remarkable freshness, which reflects the cooler east and northeast facing stone terraced vineyards at Malvedos. This wine has to be tasted to be believed.”
• Alcohol by volume – 20% v/v (20ºC)
• Total acidity – 4.22 (g/l)
• Baumé – 4.00
• Bottled during May 2019 with no filtration
• Winemakers: Charles Symington, Henry Shotton
Only 600 nine litre cases were bottled.