Just the thing for Winter. Save 15% on 6 Great Vintage Ports

 
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Save 15% on Six Exceptional Aged Vintage Ports
Winter is certainly the time to indulge in a little vintage port.

Today we present 6 wines, all from the Symington Estates in Portugal.

Vintage Port requires cellaring to reach its apogee and all of these wines have spent years, if not decades, resting in the cellars of their respective houses in Oporto.

This is a great opportunity to secure perfectly aged Vintage Ports from some great houses and legendary vintages.

For the next few days you can save 15%.
Graham's Vintage Port 2000
Normally $219.95
Special $186.95
44 available

Grahams VP 2000 For the Love of Port: 
The grapes for the Graham blend were grown at Malvedos, Quinta do Vila Velha and Quinta do Vale de Malhadas for the 2000 VP. Dark purplish-black with fully opacity. Fine aromas of plum and dark cherry which translates to the sweet grapey palate with some ripe, jammy, dark berry fruit as well. Not a subtle VP by any means, with a focused, seamless structure and well-integrated round tannins. Some hot spirity character on the otherwise smooth, sweet finish was the only blemish on this excellent wine. This is not atypical though for young Graham's and in vintages like 1985 this resolved in time, albeit that is not the case with the 1977. The Graham is certainly amongst the top wines of the vintage although it is my second favorite Symington Vintage Porto from 2000. 96 Points
Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos Single Quinta Vintage Port 2004
Normally $97.95
Special $83.25
43 available
Grahams Malvedos 2004 Label
For the Love of Port:
The Malvedos has really fleshed out since I first tried it in late June. Having received considerably more decanting time, (I believe I heard 5 hours mentioned) which also helped. This '04 is an inky purple monster that presented spicy and floral notes with the essence of pure blueberry. Ultra-ripe on the palate with prune and juicy blackberry flavors that come to the fore. Good depth and medium tannins show the stuffing is all there, while finishing with a long chocoholics dream of an aftertaste. 
94 Points
  
Dow's Vintage Port 1985
Normally $233.95
Special $198.95
14 available
Dow 1985 Label
For the Love of Port: Possibly the darkest and most extracted color of the night, opaque and inky. This is always a tremendous Vintage Port and way up in the 1985 pecking order. A fragrant floral bouquet with boysenberry and kirsch dominating the air space. Great concentration of fruit, a freshness that stands out with primary plum and ripe, off dry blackcurrant flavors. Packed with intensity, in a youthful, fruit forward, muscular frame. The medium-body of this Dow belies the density that gives it a more massive feeling. At the same time it can seem light and glides effortlessly across the palate. The persistence of the layered finish is a significant strength. Drink now with a long decant time, or cellar for up to another quarter century. 
93 Points

Dow's Vintage Port 2000
Normally $205.50
Special $174.50
15 available

Dow 2000 Label For the Love of Port:
Dark reddish-purple color and full opacity. Grapes from Quinta do Bomfim were harvested in late September. Ripe plum and juicy blackberry fruit with hints of spice and cassis on the richly textured palate. The velvet glove may be missing here but certainly not the iron fist. The tannins take hold on the extremely long finish and they don't let go and yet this VP manages to show an appealing if not decadent mouthfeel. A very well constructed, full-bodied young Dow that will last for many decades. Should be right up there with the 1970 and 1977 ... and might just show them both up someday. 
93 Points
Quarles Harris Vintage Port 1977
Normally $194.95
Special $165.50
14 available
Quarles Harris 1977 Port Label
For the Love of Port:
Medium dark eggplant color with light pink edge that fades to tawny. Aromatically there was great purity of grape along with mocha and rum soaked raisins. Very smooth and balanced with excellent acidity which really stood out on the first night, in a good way. The tannins were gentle and mostly resolved, but were still present and this may have some room for improvement. Viscous and off-dry, reaching peak at the latter part of this decade, but with the requisite stuffing to plateau for another ten years beyond that. Medium weight, scrumptious cherry and grape character, with emerging flavours of Christmas cake and some spirit along with modest complexity in the middle, but very tasty nonetheless, leading to a medium-long finish. This was by far the best bottle I've had of the 1977 Quarles Harris. My brother felt my score was on the stingy side and he is usually more conservative than me in his ratings. 
92 Points
Smith Woodhouse Vintage Port 1985 
Normally $158.95
Special $134.95
9 available

Smith Woodhouse 1985 Label For the Love of Port: The 18th VP of the tasting and this has been amazing fun and an educational endurance test that I enjoy. Tawny appearance with red glints and a clear meniscus. Coffee and toffee are prevalent, with some cherry aromas. Did someone pull a fast one? It matters not what this looks like as it is drinking beautifully. The awe inspiring velvet-like texture of this wine had me questioning whether I was drinking a delicious young Colheita. But the flavor profile is far fresher and red fruits dominate with some licorice and caramel on the aftertaste. It is one of the more harmonious wines we've tasted this evening, with exquisite balance and focus and a neatly layered, lengthy finish. Drink now or through the end of the decade. After seeing that this was the Smith Woodhouse, I wondered if it had been over-decanted, as it is usually a massive, bright/primary VP. That said, it was still darn tasty and rather evolved tonight. 93 Points

To view and order the Ports on our website click here. You may also order by phone (03) 9326 5737 or email asaf@grandmillesime.com.au. Mix and match as you please. Wines are in stock. Free shipping anywhere in Australia for 12 or more bottles.
 
Cheers,
Darren
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