Graham's Six Grapes Reserve
- Portugal, 750ml
Dark red colour, with a seductive rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries. On the palate, complex, with a good structure and a long lingering finish.
- Winery: W & J Graham's
- Type: Reserve Port Blend
- Region: Douro Valley, Portugal
- Alcohol: 20%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Food match: Blue cheeses (Stilton, Roquefort, Gorgonzola), well-aged, powerful cheddar, camembert; walnuts & almonds; red grapes, dried red & black fruit; dark chocolate & chocolate truffles, crème brûlée
Six Grapes Reserve is one of Graham’s original Port blends. The distinctive depiction of grapes on the label has always been used on the barrels to identify the “Six Grapes” blend. Only grapes from first-class vineyards are used for this mark. Six Grapes is a true expression of Graham’s house style with great richness and complexity.
Six Grapes is a big hearted wine. It is fruity and robust and of superb quality. It is blended to be as similar as possible to a young Vintage Port. It has often been referred to as “the everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker”. Unique in the Port trade, Graham’s selects its “proprietary blend” ahead of its more commercial styles. All other Port shippers make a lighter style “Reserve” blend out of lots that remain after they have bottled their LBV’s.
The story of two families across three centuries. 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. Graham's was 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. They too have been involved with Port and the Douro for many generations, with ancestry dating back to the mid-17th century.
William and John Graham founded their firm in Porto in northwest Portugal to trade in textiles. In 1820 they accepted twenty-seven barrels of Port as payment of a debt. The two brothers decided then to devote their energies to making the best Port wines from the Douro Valley: and so the Graham’s Port house was born.
The Graham family already had extensive business interests overseas, both in their native Scotland and in India. They were considered by one contemporary historian to be, ‘among the merchant princes of Great Britain’.
Graham’s first harvest under the ownership of the Symington family was extremely auspicious, with Graham’s 1970 Vintage Port being declared. The 1970 is thought by many to be one of the greatest wines of that century.
Nearly an hundred years after their ancestor AJ Symington left Graham’s to set up on his own as a Port producer, the family’s relationship with this Port house came full circle.
Besides the family’s other Port marques, Graham’s is the only remaining British Port company independently owned by a single family. This ensures that every aspect in the making of Graham’s Ports is controlled and cared for intimately.
- Double Gold - 2020 NZ International Wine Show
- Gold - 2019 NZ International Wine Show
- Gold - 2018 Berliner Wein Trophy
- Gold - 2017 NZ International Wine Show
- Gold & 95/100 Points - Decanter World Wine Awards
- Gold - 2017 Mundus Vini
- Silver - 2017 International Wine Challenge
- Silver - 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Gold - 2016 NZ International Wine Show 2016
- Gold - 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Gold - 2015 NZ International Wine Show
- Silver - 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition
- Silver - 2015 Decanter World Wine Awards
- 18/20 Points - Tina Gellie, Decanter Magazine
- Gold - 2014 Spiegalau International Wine Competition
- Gold & Trophy - 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards
- 5 Stars & 19/20 Points - Raymond Chan
- Silver - 2013 International Wine Challenge
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