Above all, Graham’s standing as the leading producer of quality Port arises from the impeccable pedigree of its superb Vintage Ports which represent the pinnacle of fine winemaking. The supreme quality benchmark set by these wines is present throughout the entire Graham’s range of Ports.
The keynotes of the Graham house style are exceptional concentration and power, opulent richness, great poise and elegance as well as remarkable longevity.
The beginning of the third millennium was very auspicious for Graham’s with the declaration of its 2000 Vintage Port which earned praise around the world, gaining an entry into the Wine Spectator’s prestigious ‘Top 100 Wines of the World’, in which it was ranked in 9th place overall, scoring an outstanding 98 points out of 100.
James Suckling of the Wine Spectator, one of the world’s recognized Port experts, wrote at the time; “Graham’s is a shining example of an established Port house pushing the boat out to make even better wines through better viticulture and winemaking methodology. This is the greatest young Vintage Port from Graham I have ever tasted, and perhaps it will be better in the long term than the legendary 1948”
Contemporary Symington family assessments of Graham’s Vintage Ports -
Peter Symington, commenting on the Graham’s 1948: “One can just go on dreaming about this amazing wine. Can’t imagine anything better.”
Charles Symington, praising the merits of the Graham ’70: “My favourite Vintage Port is the Graham 1970. I think this wine has all the characteristics of a great Vintage Port, combining elegance with power. This wine has a classic Graham nose with mint and eucalyptus and yet still plenty of fruit. On the palate, its fine flavour persists endlessly.
Perhaps the most accurate independent barometer of quality, however, is the prestigious London based International Wine Challenge, the world’s largest wine competition and blind tasting, held annually, and attracting on average, 10,000 entries from around the world. The competition’s judges invariably include scores of the world’s leading wine experts. From 1993 to 2008, Graham’s Ports have amassed an impressive tally of 27 gold medals making Graham’s by far the most successful Port producer in the competition. Graham’s has a richer gold medal score than many wine producing countries taken as a whole.