Quinta do Crasto, Douro Old Vines Reserva 2015

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    Portugal

  • Region:

    Douro

  • ABV:

    14.50%

  • Grape:

    Portugal Field Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Portuguese Field Blend 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Jorge Roquette

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Quinta do Crasto Douro Old Vines Reserva 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

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.

Production Notes

Following harvesting from the old vines, the grapes are brought to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes where they undergo strict selection. Aer complete destemming and slight crushing, the juice is transferred to temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the grape are gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aged for about 18 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak barrels.

Producer Profile

Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro, Quinta do Crasto is one of the oldest winemaking estates in the region; the name Crasto is derived from the Latin word castrum, which means Roman fort.The first known references to Quinta do Crasto can be traced back to 1615, long before the Douro became the world's first Demarcated Wine Region in 1756. In the early 1900s, Quinta do Crasto was purchased by Constantino de Almeida, the founder of the famous Constantino Port house. Today, his granddaughter, Leonor Roquette, and her husband Jorge Roquette own and manage the estate, together with their sons, Miguel and Tom. The Roquette family has invested tremendous time, attention, and resources to rebuild and expand the vineyards and facilities to produce top quality Port and Douro table wines.Vineyard mapping, DNA-matched replanting, a new state-of-the-art wine cellar and centuries of tradition mean that no detail in the winemaking and vineyard management is overlooked. Located in the heart of the Cima Corgo, Quinta do Crasto is officially classified as an A grade vineyard property. The estate covers 335 acres of predominantly southern-facing slopes, extending from the banks of the Douro river up to an altitude of nearly 600 meters. One hundred and eighty-five acres of vineyards are planted primarily on terraces carved from schist, the characteristic slate-like bedrock of the Douro that allows vine roots to penetrate deep into the ground in search of water.With growing global interest in Douro wines and indigenous Portuguese varieties, the Roquette family has continued to invest further in the Douro with a new vineyard of 371 acres located in the Upper Douro (also known as the Douro Superior).