Croft - Quinta da Roeda 1997 - Vintage Port



Croft - Quinta da Roeda 1997
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Roeda is Vintage Port of a very good year from the Croft Estate, Quinta da Roeda, arguably the best property in the Douro Valley.

This Single Estate Vintage Port will normally mature more quickly than the main classic vintages and will show its robust style to perfection within fifteen to twenty years.

The 1997 Vintage is drinking extremely well now.

This elegant well balanced wine has soft vanilla and spice aromas and fresh, rich full bodied fruit flavours.

Limited stock.

Category(s):     Port
Group(s):     Vintage Port
Producer: Croft   -
ABV:   20%
Body:   Medium-Full Bodied
Brand:   Croft
Country of Origin:   Portugal
Decanter Awards:   2010 Silver
Drinking From:   Now
Drinking Until:   2017
Food Pairings:   All cheeses
Grape Type:   Tinta Amarela
Grape Type:   Tinta Cao
Grape Type:   Tinta Barroca
Grape Type:   Touriga Francesa
Grape Type:   Tinta Roriz
Grape Type:   Touriga Nacional
IWC Awards:   2012 Silver 90-94
IWC Awards:   2011 Silver 90-94
IWC Awards:   2010 Silver 90-94
Port Style:   Vintage Port
Region:   Douro
Residual Sugar g/l:   95
Sweetness:   Sweet
Type of closure:   Natural Cork
Vegan:   Yes
Vegetarian:   Yes
Vintage:   1997
Winemaker:   David Guimaraens


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Producer Information

The House of Croft was founded over three hundred years ago. The earliest evidence of the firm's activity as a Port shipper dates from 1678, coincidentally the year of the first ever recorded shipments of Port wine. The company was orginally known as Phayre & Bradley after its founding partners and took its present name in 1736 when it was joined by John Croft, a member of an old and distinguished family of Yorkshire wine merchants.

The Croft family played a prominent and influential role in the Port wine trade and elevated the House of Croft to the place of distinction which it occupies to this day.

Although well established in Oporto and active in their Port wine business, the Crofts never lost touch with their Yorkshire origins. In his treatise, John Croft describes himself as Member of the Factory at Oporto and Wine Merchant of York.

The family returned to England in the nineteenth century, after the Peninsular Wars, and there are no longer any Crofts in the firm.

Nevertheless. the family maintained its affection for the fortified wines of the Douro and the late Percy Croft, who died in 1935, is credited with the famous words: "Any time not spent drinking Port is a waste of time."

In 1911 the House of Croft was acquired by the Gilbeys, the distinguished English wine trade family. It is now owned and run by descendants of two old Port wine families, the Yeatman's and Fladgate's.

The place of distinction occupied by Croft and its wines is due in no small measure to its ownership of one of the finest estates of the Douro Valley, the famous Quinta da Roeda.

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