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Quinta Do Crasto

Quinta Do Crasto
Website : www.quintadocrasto.pt/

Situated on an outcrop of rock on the north bank of the river Douro, half-way between Regua and Pinhao, Quinta do Crasto is arguably the finest estate for the production of red wine in Portugal. There is great strength in depth throughout, from the Douro Red which regularly wins accolades for its exceptional value-for-money, up to the iconic single vineyard wines from century-old vines. Everything is hand harvested from vineyards owned by the Roquette family, many over 70yrs of age and plenty in their 100’s, the whole bunches are transported in small 20kg crates to the Quinta and everything is also hand-sorted. The winemaking philosophy is to use pure ripe fruit from traditional Douro varieties, overlaid with barrique ageing where appropriate, and extremely smooth tannins. In their quest to be able to pick only the healthiest and ripest grapes the Roquette family have invested in a new vineyard in the upper (or superior) Douro. This enterprise has its roots in tradition; the indigenous, un-irrigated vines are planted in terraces on the steeply sloped sides of the Douro River and hand harvested, but with a modern approach; each small block that has been carved out of the hillside has been planted with a single variety according to its aspect, exposure and soil type. This encapsulates the philosophy and vision for Quinta Do Crasto which has been the driving force behind International acclaim, and the recognition that Quinta Do Crasto has been integral in building the position for high quality table wines from the Douro.

Before Quinta Do Crasto became so well recognised for table wines, the Quinta was first and foremost a well respected Port producer. Whilst this has become slightly over-shadowed by the success of their table wines, the Port wines on offer are exceptional and should not be forgotten. LBV is unfiltered, un-fined and with plenty of barrel age is ready to drink on release and full of character, Vintage is only made in the best years from the best parcels and completing the range this year is the new ‘ Special Reserve’. This is a non-vintage selection which has been aged in older barrels to produce a lighter style of port with focus on the quality of the fruit. A modern port for the modern wine drinker from one of the oldest Quinta’s in the Douro!

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2009 Vintage Port, Quinta do Crasto

    Shows intense berry fruit aromas and a full-bodied structure, with plenty of grip, mouthfilling blackcurrant flavours, fine balance and terrific length.

  2. NV Finest Reserve Port, Quinto Do Crasto

    Lifted and complex bouquet of ripe red wild berries, figs and a slight touch of wild indegigenous herbs. The palate shows excellent harmony and complexity, a fine presence and great balance between fresh wild berries, firm tannins, well balanced acidity and a long and elegant finish.

  3. 2007 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Quinta do Crasto

    This late bottled Vintage shows brooding black cherry fruit with a huge cedary core. A simple wine with a fine dark colour, ripe and mouth filling and rounded off by sweet finish.

  4. 2008 Late Bottled Vintage Port, Quinta do Crasto

    This late bottled Vintage shows brooding black cherry fruit with a huge cedary core. A simple wine with a fine dark colour, ripe and mouth filling and rounded off by sweet finish.

  5. 2012 Douro White, Quinta Do Crasto

    Bright and pale lemon yellow in the glass with an enticing minerality on the nose followed up with crunchy green apple, camomile and lemons. Fresh attack on the palate leading into a fresh and crisp finish.

  6. 2010 Vintage Port, Quinta do Crasto

    Shows intense berry fruit aromas and a full-bodied structure, with plenty of grip, mouthfilling blackcurrant flavours, fine balance and terrific length.

  7. 2011 Douro Reserva Quinta do Crasto

    A brick red colour, with intense and lifted oak aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf, spices, cedar and vanilla, combined with fresh dark berries and ripe plums.
    Palate: A rich full and round palate of great balance, displaying rich Douro berry fruit characters, with integrated oak tannins and a great length of finish.

  8. 2013 Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Fresh on the nose, with intense berry fruit aromas and elegant floral notes.
    Palate: Balanced and well-structured on the palate, with berry fruit flavours. Tannins are round and finely-textured. Elegant and lingering finish.

  9. 2013 Douro Red, Quinta Do Crasto
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    2013 Douro Red, Quinta Do Crasto

    (12x37.5cl)

    Deep, opaque red in colour with aromas of intense berry fruit with subtle oak complexity. On the palate it is rich, full and concentrated, showing great depth of fruit with well-integrated American oak, good tannic structure and a firm, dry finish.

  10. 2012 Crasto Douro Superior, Quinta do Crasto

    Colour: Deep violet.
    Nose: Very expressive aromas, displaying vibrant berry fruit notes perfectly combined with subtle hints of fresh spices.
    Palate: Charming on the palate. Berry fruit flavours, great volume, solid structure and velvety tannins. The finish is perfectly balanced, fresh and
    long.

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