Grahams Six Grapes Port
Six grapes is one of Grahams original Port blends. The rather curious and primitive depiction of bunches of grapes on the label has always been used on the cask ends to identify the Six Grapes blend. In the Grahams stocks a bunch of grapes signifies a wine of Vintage quality and amongst these the six bunches denote the fact that this is the darkest and most full-bodied wine. Only grapes from first-class vineyards are used for this mark. Six Grapes is a big hearted wine. It is fruity and robust and of superb quality. It is blended to be as similar as possible to a young Vintage Port.
The grapes used in the production of Grahams Six Grapes were a blend of traditional Portuguese varieties from the Douro Valley, such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Co.
Grahams Six Grapes was fermented with natural yeast at between 24-28C. Once the must had fermented to the desired degree of sweetness (usually within 48 hours), fortification took place with grape brandy at 77% v/v (generally 80% must / 20% brandy).
Grahams Six Grapes was aged in oak casks for some 4 to 5 years at our lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, after which the wines were drawn off and bottled after a light filtration.
Dark red colour, with a seductive rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries. On the palate complex, with an excellent structure and a long lingering finish.
- Does not need decanting.
- The wine is ready to drink when bottled, but will maintain its quality with bottle age.
- Serve at room temperature 18c, or slightly chilled in hot weather.
- Superb with cheese, nuts or dried fruit after a meal.
INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE AWARDS:
SIX GRAPES IS THE ONLY PORT TO HAVE WON A GOLD MEDAL MORE THAN ONCE (1994
& 1998) IN THE INTERNATIONAL WINE CHALLENGE.