Crasto Douro White
Viosinho, Rabigato, Gouveio
Douro DOC , Douro, Portugal
This is the Chablis of the Douro. A vibrant and classy wine from a beautiful hillside vineyard. Wonderful aromas of herbs and wildflowers pave the way for crunchy green apple, rich pear and a mouthwatering mineral streak. An outstanding Portuguese white wine with an extraordinarily fresh, crisp and pleasant palate.
From a careful selection of 40% Viosinho; 30% Gouveio; 30% Rabigato. Hand-harvested and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with prolonged time on lees resulting in a very fresh and fragrant modern style of wine.
The Duoro Valley in Portugal is one of the most improbable regions for grape growing in the wold. Sheer cliffs overlook the sleepy river as it cuts its way from Spain to the Atlantic and soils of crumbling, flaky schist withstand tortuously hot summers and skin-cracking winters. But clinging to the valley sides, at gasp-inducing angles, is the stunning vineyard of the Quinta do Crasto run by brothers Miguel and Tomas Roquette
The region is so beautiful that it is demarcated as a world heritage site. The quinta (Portuguese for ‘vineyard’) has been in the Roquette family for over a century and the ancient history of the site is signified in the name Crasto, coming from the latin castrum, a Roman fort or castle.
Location, location, location!
But it’s not just for the view that we import Crasto wines. The vineyard sits high-up on the northern side of the Douro, thus at a southerly aspect to the sun. The wines from just across the river tend to be more tannic and austere due to poorer sunlight, while the Crasto brother’s wines are deeper, fruitier and much more intense. This is why we visit any new vineyards that we work with. It is just so important to witness all those particulars that conspire to make a plot remarkable rather than just acceptable.
"Elegant well-made wine. Engaging mineral nose. Crisp on the palate with a decent weight of fruit and a long, stylish finish."
"A revelation, made in the Douro (port country) from endemic grapes, this is a Portuguese white of real elegance, depth and freshness. Crisp, minerally and stylish."
"Herbal, floral and guava aromas lead into mineral notes over honey-infused apple and pear fruit. Thyme and marjoram reappear on the back palate. A complex, delicious wine."
"Duoro whites are a revelation and if you haven't tried one start here. Think of it as a Portuguese Chablis."
Quinta do Crasto
The steep sides of the Douro valley are carved from flaky schist that traps the heat of the sun, concentrating the blistering heat of the Portuguese summers. What’s more, the lazy progress of the Douro river provides little relief from the heat. The minim