In a nutshell: An admirable, soft and rounded aged tawny port.
The lowdown: Lengthy ageing in wooden casks rather than in bottle is what makes a tawny lighter in both colour and body than other styles. And with this comes softer tannins and a silkier moutfeel. Graham's 10 year old tawny is a classic example. The colour is a rich, deep shade of tawny and on the nose it's full of complex, nutty aromas with hints of honey and fig while on the palate the fruit flavours are rich, mature and mellow and lead onto a long, luscious finish.
When to drink: At its best slightly chilled and great served alongside apple pie.
Established in 1820 in Oporto, W & J Graham is one of the most famous names in the Port trade and has long been synonymous with the greatest Vintage Ports.
The Symington family acquired the company from the Graham family in 1970, so today Graham's remains a wholly family-owned firm. At the heart of Graham's Port is the famous Quinta dos Malvedos in the upper reaches of the Douro Valley. The old winery was completely renovated in 2000 and is now equipped with three revolutionary robotic lagares that 'tread' the grapes. Alongside these are the ancient granite lagares where some of the harvest is still trodden by human foot. The neighbouring Quinta do Tua and Quinta das Lages in the Rio Torto valley are key vineyards for Graham's, as are the privately family-owned Quintas of Vila Velha and Vale de Malhadas.