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 recently been voted the World’s Most Admired Port brand by Drinks International.
The grapes that are used to make Port must be grown in the mountainous Upper Douro region of Northern Portugal, the world’s first officially demarcated wine region in 1756. The Douro is perhaps the most challenging wine-growing region on earth. Its mountainous terrain and steep, winding valleys create a kaleidoscope of microclimates, each producing unique wines.
The name Crusted Port comes from the fact that, like Vintage Port, it is unfiltered and will throw natural sediment, or “crust”, as it ages. As with Vintage Port, it should be stored lying down and requires decanting before serving. The bottle should be left standing for about an hour before serving so as to allow the deposit to settle.
Graham’s Crusted Port is a blend of excellent young Ports from several harvests, matured in oak casks and bottled without fining or filtration. Once bottled, it is aged in the cool of Graham’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for three years before sale. As it is a blend of different vintages, only the bottling date is referred to on the label.
An opaque purple colour with a deep ruby rim, on the nose this wine is intense and opulent with aromas of ripe blackberries and dark plums, rock rose (esteva), and hints of cigar box. On the palate, black fruit flavours combine with dark chocolate, firm tannins and a long finish.