2004 Graham's Malvedos Single Quinta is a Single Quinta Vintage Malvedos by Graham's beginning to show some of the wonderful characteristics of bottle matured wine. It can be drunk now but will repay a few more years in your cellar.
Picking was scheduled to start at Malvedos in the first few days of September, but this was delayed because some welcome rain fell on the 5th and continued intermittently for 3 days. This rain was highly beneficial and sugar levels increased in the grapes and the skins softened to a marked degree. Picking then started at the Quinta on the 7th September and continued to the 21st. This was one of the earliest vintages in many years.
Wine and Spirits Magazine, Winter 1998 Issue 92 Points 100.
Best Wines of 1998 Malvedos 95 selected as one of the best ports of the year by Wine & Spirits magazine. It's hard to be critical of such a gorgeous wine, with its detailed flavour, luscious fruit, and firm grip. The density of plummy fruit in the middle is impressive, then it goes a bit lean and linear. The tannic structure shows up as a hard finish, not particularly sweet for all the fruit that lashes through the wine.
WINE, November 2001
Gold Medal International Wine Challenge 2001
Graham's Malvedos is always excellent, and the 1995 is no exception to the rule. It is a powerful and rich Port, with spicy aromas on the nose and sweet mouth-filling fruit on the palate. There is plenty of tannin, but it is not intrusive. Overall, this is a well-balanced Port with a lingering finish.
Andrew Catchpole, Daily Telegraph, November 29th 2003
The Best Christmas Wines
"A clever buy. This single vineyard eight-year-old Port is made from the excellent Malvedos vines and is rich, raisiny and intensely flavoured. Sublime with mature Cheddar, chocolate puddings or Christmas cake".
Jane Macquitty, The Times Magazine, 6th December 2003
"Malvedos is renowned for its seductive cabbage rose scent, and this bold, yet elegantly crafted wine has this quality in spades".
Malcolm Gluck, The Guardian, 13th December 2003
17.5 Points out of 20
"this is magnificent stuff with a highly bred sense of its class, showing complex hedgerow berries and gripping tannins that mitigate, beautifully, the sweetness in a way that makes the liquid dangerously seductive".
Anthony Rose, The Independent, 20th December 2003
"Seductively perfumed with blackberry and spice, this is a subtle, yet richly concentrated with just enough age for the tannins to have softened to smooth velvet".
Sarah Jane Evans, BBB Good Food, December 2003
The first time I tasted this, I wrote "full of pleasure" and I haven't changed my mind. Dark-fruited and firm, with the hidden thunder of alcohol to warm your toes. Can be cellared for Christmases to come.
Joe Wadsack, S Magazine, The Sunday Express, 15th February 2004
"Every now and then, you just have to hang the expense and buy a proper bottle of Port. Graham's is on the sweet side with a muscular softness that few can match in a good year. This will have come from Graham's finest vineyard. It's already turning into something intriguing, and it's still a third the price of a so-called declared vintage port. Pass the Stilton!”"
Matthew Jukes, THE WINE LIST 2004
The Top 250 wines of the year.
"This is about as serious as it gets - classy, minutes long, brooding, dreamy and totally satiating. It is amazing that, for the most amazing Single Quinta Port you can buy, Champagne prices haven't really kicked in. This proves that port is one of the best value wines in the world".
20% vol. 750ml bottle.