Last week, I’ve spent 3 days in Porto, Portugal. A must-do was of course some Port (port wine) tasting! And not just any, Graham’s!
I’ve never been in Porto or Portugal before so I was super excited about the whole journey. And the tasting was a great activity to explore Porto some more 😉
#1: Six Grapes
A ruby port wine which tastes a bit fruity. What is this ‘Six Grapes’?
“Being the highest of six possible classifications depicted by the appropriate number of grape bunches.”
This is Graham’s Reserve Port and is one of the house’s signature wines with remarkable quality, finesse and elegance. It is a full-bodied Vintage Port with rich black fruit on the palate, and fragrant blackberry aromas.
#2: 30 Years Old Tawny
This more wood-like, nutty port is perfect to combine with dessert. Especially if there’s any dark chocolate involved. It smells stronger than the Six Grapes and tastes stronger as well. It also sticks longer to the tongue. I don’t think this one is for everyone. At our port wine tasting it was the least favourite for everyone so that confirms it I guess 🙂
#3: Vintage 2000 Port
Graham’s 2000 Vintage is full and rich, with fresh blackberry and red plum notes. By far my favourite one! They said 2000 was a very good year for the grapes and I think they’re right. It’s a smooth port which makes it very pleasant to drink.
Unfortunately the price isn’t that pleasant.
What’s the deal between years or numbers on the bottle?
When there’s a year on the bottle, such as the Vintage 2000 port, it means the grapes come from a single harvest. All grapes are from 2000, no exceptions.
When there is a number on it, such as the 30 years old Tawny, it means they took three different harvests and the average makes 30 years. To give you a simple example of a 10 years old Tawny: they use 8, 10 and 12 so the average becomes 10 years old.
Graham’s is located in Gaia, on the other side of the river lies Porto. We had an incredible view over there:
Have a delicious day ❤