Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vintage 2004 37.5cl Port Wine
The 2004 harvest followed an extraordinary viticultural year: October and November 2003 were very wet followed by an extremely dry start to 2004. Just 147mm of rain, half the ten-year average, fell in Pinhão from January to the end of April. August then saw the highest rainfall for many years, accompanied by relatively low temperatures. As a result ripening slowed dramatically. September started with unsettled weather that could have caused considerable damage to the grapes. Harvesting began 10 days later than usual. There then followed 25 days of sunshine with temperatures around 30ºC every day. No rain fell during the harvest. On the 9th and 10th of October the weather finally broke, but by then most of the grapes were all safely in the wineries.
Quinta dos Malvedos is situated on the north bank of the Douro River, a short distance from the mouth of the river Tua, between Pinhão and the Valeira dam. Located in the Upper Douro region, the vineyards at Quinta dos Malvedos are mostly south facing ensuring prolonged solar exposure and excellent ripening of the grapes despite localised microclimates created by the natural undulations of the valley. Height above sea level in the Quinta varies from 130m to 350m, with a 15-year annual average rainfall of 606mm. The vineyard produces rich and complex full-bodied wines with floral characteristics of eucalyptus and mint, and soft violet overtones when young. Malvedos Vintage Ports are bottled and aged in Graham’s cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and not released until ready to enjoy, around ten years after harvest.