GRAHAMS QUINTA DOS MALVEDOS 2005 VINTAGE PORT 20% 75CL
TASTING NOTE Deep, dark red colour with just a hint of fading along the edge. Gorgeous black cherry and plum aromas, with a wonderful fresh fruit fragrance and distinct notes of eucalyptus and hints of mint and liquorice. Luscious and opulent flavours coat the palate with full, rich blackberry fruit, intense and compact. A supple, muscular wine very pleasurable to drink now but with ample further ageing potential.
STORAGE & SERVING Store the bottle horizontally, ideally in a cool place with a constant temperature. Decant before serving, ideally a few hours beforehand. An excellent dessert wine to enjoy on its own or with chocolate desserts. A very good match with blue cheeses.
YEAR AND HARVEST OVERVIEW The 2005 viticultural year was exceptionally dry with a mere 6mm of rain in June and not a single drop in July or August. To compound the situation the daytime temperatures recorded during these three months reached 35°C (and higher) on most days so that by the end of August the vines were straining from hydric stress. The positive side was that the exceptionally dry conditions favoured a complete absence of vine diseases and vine pests. The berries, albeit small and slow to ripen, were in very healthy condition, transformed by the heaven-sent rain of September 6th and 9th. Picking was deferred following these showers and the berries filled out and the skins softened. The good flowering and fruit-set played a key role in maintaining yields despite the drought. The vintage proceeded under clear blue skies with cool nights — perfect harvesting conditions. 2005 showed the amazing ability of the Douro’s hardy vines to overcome very tough conditions and thrive.
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