Graham's Six Grapes Port - Wine of the Month - December 2018
Port is the quintessential Christmas drink for many. This month’s ‘Wine of the Month’ is an award-winning port from Graham’s which we like to think typifies the festive period; it is perfect to enjoy on its own or as an accompaniment to desserts, cheese, or a simple piece of dark chocolate. All you need now is a nice open log fire to savour it in front of!
Port and the Douro Valley
The name ‘port’ derives from Porto, the seaport town at the mouth of the river Douro, where most of the wine was brought to market to export in Europe. Today, the city of Porto is where all the port houses cellar and store the wine that is produced in the Douro Valley.
Graham’s owns five mountainous vineyards, which are located in different parts of the best wine-growing areas of the Douro region. Each property has the maximum ‘A’ grade classification. Much of the original wild flora has been left deliberately undisturbed amongst the vines on these estates to preserve the indigenous biodiversity, which Graham’s believes contributes to making wines with a more unique and powerful expression of this terroir.
About Graham’s Six Grapes
Six Grapes has won a remarkable 7 gold medals and 2 trophies at the most prestigious international tasting competitions over the last two decades. This is Graham's Reserve Port and is one of the house's signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance.
The distinctive depiction of the six bunches of grapes on the bottle originates from the marks long-used in the Graham's Lodge to classify the quality of the wines in the casks. The six-grapes symbol is Graham's age-old mark of quality, used to identify the very finest wines from the best vineyards, which were destined to make up the Vintage Port or Six Grapes lotes.
Six Grapes is a big-hearted wine, sourced from the same vineyards that contribute to Graham's famed Vintage Ports. It closely resembles a young Graham's Vintage Port in style: full-bodied, with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas. Six Grapes is bottled when it is still relatively young in order to retain its freshness and characteristic opulence. Once bottled it is ready to be served and drunk and should be served slightly cool, between 12 and 16º Celsius.