Quinta do Crasto, Douro Superior White 2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Portugal

  • Region:

    Douro

  • ABV:

    12.50%

  • Grape:

    Viosinho

  • Grape Blend:

    Viosinho 60%, Verdelho 40%,

  • Winemaker:

    Jorge Roquette

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Quinta do Crasto Douro Superior White 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

The appearance is bright lemon and the nose displays excellent intensity, with fresh citrus and tropical fruit aromas, delicate orange blossom notes and a marked minerality.
On the palate, its elegant beginning that leads to a wine with great volume and texture. The palate offers lemony and mineral notes surrounded by a vibrant acidity. The finish is fresh, balanced and lingering.

Production Notes

This wine takes its name from the location of the vineyard from which the grapes come: Douro Superior (Upper Douro). The grapes used to make this wine come from our property Quinta da Cabreira where we have 114 hectares of recently planted vines. Vinha ao alto (rows of vines planted up and down the slope) and patamares (terraces with one and two rows of vines), with schist and granite soils. Aspect is east/north and the vines are 18 years old. The grapes, coming from the Douro Superior sub-region, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on arrival. The grapes were then destemmed and pressed. The must was transferred to stainless steel tanks where it remained for 48 hours at 8C for decanting. The alcoholic fermentation began in stainless steel tanks and the wine was then transferred to French oak barrels where fermentation continued for 45 days at 14C. 6 months in French oak barrels. Barrels are stored in a rack system with rollers which enables barrels to be rotated to stir the fine lees without the introduction of oxygen. New barrels: 50%; Used barrels: 50% French oak barrels: 85% - French oak barrels with acacia heads: 15%

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).