With autumn finally here we’ve picked a fortified wine that has won seven gold medals and two trophies at the International Wine Tasting Awards in the last decade and is perfect to warm you up on those cold evenings in front of the TV.
Port wine (also known as Vinho do Porto) is a Portuguese fortified wine produced exclusively in the Douro Valley in the northern provinces of Portugal. It is typically a sweet, red wine, often served as a dessert wine, though it also comes in dry, semi-dry, and white varieties. Fortified wines in the style of port are also produced outside Portugal, most notably in Australia, France, South Africa, Canada, India, Argentina, and the United States. Under European Union Protected Designation of Origin guidelines, only the product from Portugal may be labelled as port or Porto.
ABOUT Grahams Port –
For almost two hundred years W & J Graham’s has been an independent family business renowned for producing the finest Port wines. Graham’s has always been a pioneer, they were one of the first Port companies to invest in its own vineyards in Portugal’s Douro Valley in 1890 and is now at the cutting edge of innovation in winemaking techniques. Today, five Symington cousins share responsibility for every aspect of the company and personally make the Graham’s wines – a port making ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
About Six Grapes –
Six Grapes is one of Graham’s original Port marques. It is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards Quinta dos Malvedos, Tua, Lages, Vila Velha and Vale de Malhadas that contribute to Graham’s famed Vintage Ports in ‘declared’ years. As such, it closely resembles Vintage port. We think of it as the ‘everyday port for the Vintage Port drinker.’ Six Grapes is bottled relatively young (between 3 and 4 years) in order to retain the freshness and vigour comparable to a young Vintage Port. The distinctive depiction of grape bunches on the bottle is taken from the identification symbols long used in the Graham’s lodge to identify the best ports- with six being the highest level.
Tasting Notes –
Six Grapes has a seductive, rich aroma of ripe plums, cherries and dark chocolate notes. On the palate it’s complex, with an excellent structure and a long, lingering finish. Relax and enjoy with your favourite chocolate or cheeses.