Port Vintage 2011
2011 began with a warm spring which led to early flowering and was followed by three very dry months where rainfall only reached 25mm compared to the average of 94mm. Well timed rains then arrived on 21st August creating ideal conditions for ripening and harvest which were so perfect as to be almost unprecedented.
As a result 2011 was a Vintage of exceptional quality and the resulting wines are expected to age superbly over the coming decades.
Despite an abundance of excellent quality fruit, all of which was sourced from Symington Family Estate vineyards, the selection process was rigorous. The Graham’s 2011 Vintage, for example, amounts to 8,000 cases or just 9% of the total production from their five Graham vineyards.
The 2011 Vintage is also notable as the first in which the Symington family produced Graham's Stone Terraces – a truly iconic wine with a total production of only 250 cases. Coming from two small 18th Century schist stone terraced vineyards at Quinta dos Malvedos, it is characterised by an intense tannic structure which gives this extraordinary wine great power and elegance.