Aroma: Very complex flavours of fresh wild bush "esteva" of the Douro region, with soft wild berries and dry nuts.
Palate: Elegant attack, with great volume and compact structure. Round tannins with great deepness. Finishes very intense, with great elegance and persistence.
Ideal at the end of a meal, particularly with strong cheeses (traditionally Stilton).
Only the best Ports of the total production of around 15,000 cases are kept to be bottled under the Quinta do Crasto label, somewhere between 1,500 and 3,000 cases, the remaining being sold in bulk to traditional shippers.
These wines are vinified in traditional lagares and are bottled as Vintage or Traditional Late Bottled Vintage Ports.
The decision to produce a Vintage Port belongs to each individual producer, Vintages are produced only in very good years and a variable volume of Traditional Late Bottled Vintage is normally produced every year.
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Quinta do Crasto is located on the right bank of the river Douro, halfway between Regua and Pinhao. The quinta covers 130 hectares, of which 70 are planted with grade A vineyards. Sitting on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has been in the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century. Like other great Douro quintas, its origins lie in ancient times (the name CRASTO comes from the Latin word castrum, a Roman fort). References to Quinta do Crasto date as far back as the early seventeenth century, long before the Douro became the worlds first demarcated wine region in 1756.
Large investments were made over the last years to restructure the vineyards and install modern winery equipment, guaranteeing the production of high quality table wines, such as Crasto Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines, single variety wines (100 % Touriga Nacional and 100% Tinta Roriz) and single vineyard wines (Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Maria Teresa), as well as top port wine categories such as Late Bottled Vintage and Vintage Port. While using state-of-the-art vinification technology, the quinta has always retained its traditional foot treading method in granite tanks, called lagares. All the investments made in the past combined with the tradition and passion that is put into the wine making, has given Quinta do Crasto a prominent name in wine market scene, at home and abroad.