Symington Family Estates’ flagship port brands Graham’s has released Graham’s Blend Nº5, its first premium white port. Graham’s Blend Nº5 is a tribute to Symington family’s fifth generation, the latest, youngest generation involved in the business.
The new label is a blend of two grape varieties, the Malvasia Fina and the aromatic Moscatel Gallega. All grapes were handpicked and the juice fermented at cool temperatures. The fermentation was then stop by fortifying the wine, leaving enough residual sugar to lend the port a medium-dry palate. The wine was bottled three months after harvest in order to retain its fresh fruit flavours.
Symington claimed that the new release is ‘deliberately designed to mix well with tonic whilst also being an excellent standalone drink’. Symington Family Estates’ port marketing manager Charlotte Symington commented: ‘We wanted Graham’s Blend Nº5 White Port to be immediate and accessible to a younger generation of port drinkers. The presentation is something completely new for the port trade and we’re excited to see how consumers react.’
The unusual design, which portrays herbs and fruits on a white background, was curated by renowned Portuguese fashion illustrator António Soares. Alexandra Sousa Ribeiro, design manager at Symington Family Estates, said: ‘Our design concept aimed to transmit the aromatic fresh profile of the wine – white grapes, lime, peaches, honey – whilst connecting it with mint and lemon, the garnish associated with Port and Tonic.’
Less than 6,000 bottles of the Graham’s Blend Nº5 have been produced, and are currently only available to the UK on-trade.