This 2017 Late Bottled Vintage Port was produced from grapes sourced from four of Graham’s vineyards located in various prime sites in the mountainous Douro Valley.
The year was exceptionally dry and hot, and this led to a very early vintage with incredibly low yields. The low yields translated into intense and concentrated wines, rich and opulent — beautifully balanced by the freshness provided by excellent acidity — such was the quality, that Graham’s declared a classic Vintage Port from 2017. Following on from the 2015 Bicentenary LBV edition the new colours of the tubes pay homage to the 2017 as a year that was a declared Vintage, these colours will carry on until the next LBV year coincides with a declared Vintage Year.
The tubes were designed using handcrafted marbled paper which reflects the craft and attention to detail of the brand and builds on our heritage in honouring the craftsmanship that goes into producing wines of such consistent quality. The front and back labels are adorned with beautifully embossed detail inspired by a combination of Porto’s wrought iron balconies and traditional Portuguese tiles (azulejos) to evoke memories of Porto’s charming streets.
Graham’s 2017 LBV has a lovely honeysuckle fragrance as well as hints of mint, which is often present in Graham’s wines. In the background, there are also some attractive, bright tropical fruit notes. Typically Graham’s on the palate with sumptuous ripe black fruit flavours combining with hints of kirsch. The fine-grained tannins give the wine balance and structure, whilst good acidity underscores the wine’s freshness.