Quinta Do Crasto Vintage Port.
Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
Douro , Douro, Portugal
Extraordinary intensity of wild berries well mixed with slight notes of cacao. Great volume, concentration and excellent intensity of fine grained tannins. Rich fruits, black cherries, plums and wild Douro berries. Shows great length and structure. An outstanding port we are delighted to bring you from Portugal.
- Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
- Dessert & Fortified
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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.
"This is a great, deep, unctuous port, with thick layers of fig, crushed plum, the ripest blackberry, touches of dark chocolate and a waft of spice. Vines that are 60 years old and a hefty 20 percent alcohol complete the picture, with firm structural tannins fencing in waves of glossy fruit at the epic finish. Has potentially decades of evolution, but a couple of hours decanting will help early pleasure seekers."
"My love here is the weighty, bright fruit-forward style that emphases this - a great wine - raised with brandy, not captured by it."
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