Croft, Vintage Port, 2003

  Croft

It was once said of Croft’s cornerstone vineyard, Quinta da Roêda, that, “…if the Douro were a golden ring, Roêda would be the diamond.” Under the Taylor-Fladgate wing, Croft are producing better wine than ever, the 2003 possibly one of their greatest efforts. After a 40-year absence, the 2003 Croft was made by the use of traditional treading in stone Lagares. The 2003 also reflects the benefits of two years of strict vineyard management with is gloriously pure fruit and scents of wild blueberry and crême de mûre. The purity and expression of fruit persists on the palate, supported by dense but very svelte tannins, culminating in a long, unwaivering finish.

Contains Sulphites.

About Croft

Previously owned by Taylor Fladgate & Yeatman, Croft was acquired by John Fladgate personally in 1862, upon whom was bestowed the title ‘Barão de Roêda’ by the Portuguese Crown. With the marriage of Fladgate’s daughter to Charles Wright of Croft the property passed into The House of Croft’s hands in 1875. The vineyard draws its character not only from new Port winemaking technologies but also by maintaining its commitment to traditional foot treading, for its vintage port wines. Quinta da Roêda is the cornerstone of Croft’s reputation as a producer of superb Vintage and vintage style Ports. Its characteristically plump, full, vigorously fruity wines, are the essence of the inimitable Croft house style.

Appellation: Douro

The Douro valley is the home of Port production and is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world. The vineyards follow a band of Schist along the valley rising up in steep terraced slopes from the river. Upstream lies Spains Ribera del Duero. Increasingly, unfortified wines are produced here, but it is really for great vintage port that the region is known.

Grape Type: Touriga Nacional

Touriga Nacional is best known as forming the back-bone to the very best Port. However, it is increasingly used for dry reds, not only in the Douro Valley but in regions such as Ribatejo. The single varietal Touriga Nacional, when blended with other indigenous or international varieties from Quinta do Alqueve, demonstrates how far Portugal has come in producing rich yet elegant wines with immediate appeal but longevity.