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Symington releases 130-year-old Tawny port

Symington Family Estates has recently released Graham's Ne Oublie Very Old Tawny port – a release of only 656 individually numbered bottles of the wine that marks the arrival of the first Symington, Andrew James, in Portugal in 1882 to work at Graham's. The decanters will be presented to the travel retail community next month at the TFWA exhibition in Cannes.

One of only three remaining casks of the port – now more than 130 years old – was bottled, utilising the skills of craftsmen in Portugal, England and Scotland (representing the family's own heritage) in the manufacture of the decanter (glass manufacturer Atlantis, Portugal), the engraved sterling silver bands and neck collar (Scottish silversmiths Hayward & Stott) and the handcrafted presentation box (luxury leather goods specialist Smythson of Bond Street).

Available at €5,500.00 through selected fine wine merchants around the world and via an application list, the contents of the decanter are indeed of very rare and extraordinary quality. The wine itself has been described by John Stimpfig in the Financial Times as "virtually immortal".

23 September 2014 - Felicity Murray