1994 was an outstanding year in the Douro, acclaimed for producing one of the classic
Vintage Ports of the twentieth century. Besides the exceptional lots chosen for bottling
as Vintage Port, Peter Symington made a selection of other outstanding wines sourced
from Quinta dos Malvedos and Quinta das Lages, which he earmarked for long term
ageing in seasoned oak casks for future release as old tawny Ports. Peter’s son Charles,
who joined the company in early 1995, worked with his father in selecting the wines,
both for bottle-ageing (Vintage) and long term wood-ageing (old and very old tawnies).
Since Peter’s retirement in 2009, Charles succeeded him as head winemaker and taster
and having accompanied these wines’ development over the last 23 years he has now
selected 19 casks that he identified as showing particularly fine structure and elegance,
meriting their bottling as Graham’s 1994 Single Harvest Tawny.