W. & J. Graham's Six Grapes Reserve ‘River Quintas’ NV

A homage to the original Six Grapes label, Graham's signature Reserve blend.
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Dryness: Very Sweet

Acidity: Medium


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Origin: Douro, Portugal

Maker: W. & J. Graham's

Grape: Touriga Franca

Fermentation: Organic, Biodynamic Steel Only



Serving Temperature: Best served between 14–16 degrees.

Asian Food Pairing: Fromage cheesecake, ondeh ondeh,

Western Food Pairing: Pair with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, or a variety of strong cheeses.


Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve ‘River Quintas’ NV

Six Grapes Special ‘River Quintas’ Edition pays homage to the original Six Grapes label, Graham's signature Reserve blend.
Deep bluish-purple colour, as opaque as a young Vintage Port. Aromas of blackberry and cassis with hints of mint and eucalyptus, ending on a note of tar and spice. The concentrated palate features dark plum and ripe cherry, liquorice and chocolate flavours. Balanced by a wonderful fresh acidity and a persistent, taut finish.
Delightful at the end of a meal. Especially if served with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, or a variety of cheeses. Or you can enjoy it on its own: it is a dessert in itself!
Two classic riverside vineyard sites were chosen for this special blend: Quinta do Tua and Quinta dos Malvedos. The over 50-year-old mixed varietal plantings from Quinta do Tua, typically picked early in the harvest, consistently produce outstanding results, with minimal average yields of 0.65 kg of grapes per vine. Graham’s flagship Quinta dos Malvedos produces extraordinarily concentrated Touriga Franca grapes picked towards the end of the harvest. These 32-year-old vines benefit from a very favourable south/south-west aspect, where the plentiful exposure to the Douro sun is well-suited for late-ripening Touriga Franca.

The blend of Six Grapes Special ‘River Quintas’ Edition is made up of approximately one third each of Quinta do Tua’s 2014 and 2015 vintages, and one third from the Malvedos Touriga Franca ‘Vinha dos Barcos’ vineyard made in 2015. The wines were all vinified in the lagares at the Malvedos winery. The three components are married together to produce a charming and complex wine.


 Bold, with exuberant blueberry and açai berry paste flavors leading the way, backed by blackberry cobbler, chocolate and melted licorice notes. Flirts with the heady side but a bolt of graphite through the finish keeps this racy. A solid, gutsy drink now, or you could tame this with a bit of cellaring. Drink now through 2027. 1,000 cases made.

 - 92 POINTS

 This is the latest in a series of special releases under the Six Grapes label. It comes from Graham's south-facing vineyards on the Douro north bank. The wine is of vintage Port quality—rich, but with some fine tannins. The jammy red fruits are lifted by acidity and by the fine perfumed character. Drink the wine now.


  The NV Six Grapes Reserve Port (Special River Quintas Edition) is a special release (bottled in November). It is a blend of just two vintages (2014 and 2015) from three specific parcels closer to the river. This is lovely, only moderately concentrated, but fresh and lively, with fine flavors lingering on the finish. I'd like to see a version of this from two bigger vintages, but it shows well and is fresh, easy and ready on release. It comes with a bar-top cork. It can hold a while, but it isn't meant to be held, and it doesn't need much air or aging. There were 500 cases produced.