Shiraz Vintage Port 1981
This Vintage port was originally released in 1982. A small quantity was further cellared, and released with a new label in 2005 to mark the thirtieth anniversary of Gralyn Estate. The latest Museum release is from the owners Private Collection. The wine is deep brick-red in colour, with a lifted bouquet showing liquorice, redcurrant and coffee aromas. The complex palate is richly textured and persistent, with robust tannins and a clean dry finish. This unique vintage port is showing extended bottle maturation characters which will continue to develop with further bottle ageing. Vintage port requires many decades of ageing to attain the deep concentration seen when fully mature. We look forward to seeing this evolution continue.
Prior to serving, allow the bottle to stand to settle the natural sediment, remove the cork carefully, using a church-key opener. Decant gently, remembering that the older the port, the shorter the breathing time required, therefore it is best drank within a few hours of opening.