Quinta do Crasto Colheita Port, Douro, Portugal 2001

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Elegant vintage port, packed with dried fruit, figs and orange peel from 100 year old vines, aged 18 years in casks

Colheita - meaning ‘harvest’ in Portuguese, colheita is a wine from a single year, aged in wood for a minimum of seven years before bottling, by which time the wine begins to take on the characteristics of a tawny. Most colheitas are aged for much longer and, with careful management, may be bottled after 50 or 100 years. Two dates appear on the label: the year of harvest and the year of bottling (2018)

Quinta do Crasto is a widely admired wine farm (quinta) on the north bank of the Douro just south of the town of Pinhão that has been extensively renovated by the Roquette family. Tradionally the Douro has specialised in Port, but increasingly fine red table wine is being produced.

Quinta do Crasto's grape growing techniques are based on strong ecological methods. No products or substances that have not been approved by national or international regulatory entities are used, ensuring a total respect for the environment and keeping the vines in their cultural landscape. Crasto are concerned about and respect the identity of our Old Vines (a hundred-year-old vines). In this sense, Crasto are creating the genetic map for their vineyard to guarantee its genetic identity in the future. Crasto also give priority to the vineyard modernization that is compatible with the preservation of the natural vegetation. They are committed to protecting the region´s fauna, landscape and soils, but above all, to ensure that we preserve the Douro´s biodiversity.

The grapes, from Old Vines were transported in small plastic boxes and subjected to rigorous screening the winery entrance, after a soft crushing without destemming, were sent to a traditional mill where they were trampled by men at regular intervals. After a short initial fermentation, grape brandy is added to stop the fermentation. The wine is then aged in large oak casks for around 18 years until it is bottled.

Tasting Note: Bright amber in colour, this wine shows elegant honey aromas, with fresh notes of orange peel and delicate nutty hints. Excellent volume and structure on the palate, with silky textured tannins. This is a beautifully complex wine, with a balanced, long lingering finish.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 17/20 (1997), 17 Points – Revista de Vinhos Magazine (PT)

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