Quinta Do Crasto Colheita Port
Old Vines (several grape varieties)
Porto, Douro, Portugal
Quinta do Crasto Colheita is an old Tawny produced from a single year with grapes coming exclusively from the oldest vineyards of Quinta do Crasto. It ages in oak casks from the harvest year until it is bottled. This wine is a tribute from the 4th generation of the family to Fernando Moreira d’Almeida, son of the famous Port producer Constantino de Almeida, reflecting his wisdom in the elaboration of Port wines of excellence. An elegant beginning that leads way to a full-bodied palate, with a complex texture of fine tannins in perfect harmony with a vibrant aromatic profile. An engaging wine, with an elegant, long lingering finish.
- Old Vines (several grape varieties)
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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.
"Complex, vintage port is one of the wine world's most underrated luxuries. At around €150 a bottle, it represents a relative bargain compared to, for example, Bordeaux classed growths, like Chateau Lynch-Bages 2010 at around €384 a bottle. There is, however, one vintage port at a third of this price. This is Tawny Colheita, port aged in barrels rather than bottle, so the colour is leeched from deep red, to amber, producing glorious nutty, Christams cake tones. This from revered producer Crasto is a multi-layered delight, ideally served chilled and perfect for those cold autumn evenings."
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