Symington-owned Graham's port has unveiled 1940 Single Harvest, a rare, special edition port with indication of vintage. The new release is the last wine from The Cellar Master’s Trilogy, comprising of Graham’s 1994, 1963 and 1940 single harvest ports, a series that pays tribute to three generations of master blenders at Graham's.
The port house said that the 1940 harvest was smaller than usual, yet it yielded high-quality grapes. According to a harvest report written by Ron Symington in early October 1940, 'the weather has been fine throughout. The grapes have been free of disease, there has been little or no escolha [grape selection], and the mostos [fermenting grape juice] are looking very nice.'
Fruit for this port was sourced primarily from Graham's Quinta dos Malvedos as well as from a number smaller plots in the Rio Torto. After harvest and vinification, the wine was first matured in oak for nearly eight years. To make 1940 Single Harvest, Graham's 4th generation master blender, Charles Symington, selected two exceptional casks of tawny port from the 1940 vintage.
'It’s not often we have the privilege of releasing a wine that is eight decades old and bears such unique historic significance,' said Symington. 'The 1940 Single Harvest really is remarkably refined and balanced, offering a reflection not only of the quality of the original wine, but the skilled care and attention it received from our forebears.'