A blend of excellent young ports from two or three harvests, bottled without any fining or filtration in 2002. The legislation only allows the bottling date to feature on the label. This Port was then aged in bottle in the Graham's cellars in Portugal for three years before being offered for sale. Crusted Port derives its name from the fact, that exactly like Vintage Port it will throw a 'crust' or natural deposit with bottle age. As with Vintage Port the wine should be stored lying down and will require decanting prior to serving. Stand the bottle upright about one hour before opening so as to allow the deposit to settle prior to decanting.
Background: Made from a selection of very fine young Ports from two or three harvests, drawn principally from Quinta dos Malvedos, Quinta das Lages, Vila Velha and Vale de Malhadas. The wines from these different vineyards and harvests are blended together and kept in oak casks prior to being bottled without any filtration. Once bottled, the wine is matured for a further three years in the Graham's cellars before release for sale. Therefore, by the time Graham's Crusted reaches the consumer, it will have gained the superb elegance and style that only time in bottle can give to a great Port. The date on the label is the date of bottling, not the harvest date, because Crusted Port is a blend of excellent wines from two or three very good harvests. Graham's is one of the very few Port companies to still make these very fine Ports.