Price:  £19.50 | Case Rate: £18.49
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Quinta do Crasto - Douro Superiore 2016

Information

  • Country: Portugal
  • Wine Region: Douro
  • Wine Maker: Dominic Morris and Manuel Lobo
  • Grape: Touriga Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz, and 5% Sousao,
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.50
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2020
Food Matching

Food Matching

Try with roast venison, or with a hard goats cheese.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91 (2015) JR: 16.5 (2015) WS: 91 (2015) WE: 92 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

A fabulous vintage for Quinta do Crasto, and the wine has beautifully perfumed fruit and spice aromas, reminiscent perhaps of C̫te R̫tie or even of Ch̢teau Cos d'Estournel. It's intense and vibrant, with velvety texture and so-subtle oakiness. Enjoy it immediately with grilled lamb or steak, or tuck it away for up to four years. Yum!

Winery Information

Quinta do Crasto

Situated on an outcrop of rock on the north bank of the river Douro, half-way between Regua and Pinhao, Quinta do Crasto is arguably the finest estate for the production of red wine in Portugal. There is great strength in depth throughout, from the Douro Red which regularly wins accolades for its exceptional value-for-money, up to the iconic single vineyard wines from century-old vines. Everything is hand harvested from vineyards owned by the Roquette family, many over 70yrs of age and plenty.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015)91 pts

The 2015 Tinto Crasto Superior is a blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 25% Touriga Franca and just 5% Souzão, aged for 12 months in 35% new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. Sourced from relatively young (11 to 13 years old) vines in Douro Superior (i.e., not in Crasto's Cima Corgo Quinta), this has become a beautiful bottling for the winery. At the winery's lower end, it is largely eclipsing their regular Tinto—still very nice and notably less expensive but not always as interesting or as concentrated. This is probably the best since the 2011. Very fruit forward and sappy this year, its combination of purity and intensity of flavor makes it sensationally delicious—but always with lifted, not jammy, fruit. That is, no doubt, a product of the vintage. The fresh, lively fruit and vivid flavor is what the 2015s mostly do. It is also 2015-like in another way—a very elegant mid-palate. The concentration is subtle, but there is respectable concentration. Plus, the tannins are ripe, and the texture is caressing. It's pretty fine. Will we feel that way in five years or ten? I think the freshness will preserve this nicely, but this is one of Crasto's reds where how well it ages really isn't going to be the point. Once you taste it, it will be hard to keep your hands off of it.

JancisRobinson.com (2015)16.5 pts

Dark crimson. Beautifully fragrant with a light floral note, presumably from the Touriga Nacional, but still with a fine dusty/mineral character of the region, and elegant dark fruit with just a hint of the oak. Dry and more savoury on the palate, supple yet finely dry tannins, really elegant and well balanced and just a touch of oak sweetness in youth. Already approachable with food but no hurry. (JH)

Wine Spectator (2015)91 pts

A meaty red, bursting with dried currant, olive and singed herb flavors, held by firm, tangy acidity. Full tannins lend structure, with mineral, spice and fresh earth flavors gliding into the finish. Drink now through 2027.

Wine Enthusiast (2014)92 pts

This wine has fine tannins, rich black fruits and a dry core. It is produced by the Roquette family, who owns this spectacular estate high above the Douro. A solid, structured wine, it's packed with tannins and fruit, finishing with acidity. Drink from 2018.

Vinification Notes

Grapes are hand picked and transported to the winery in small plastic crates. Prior to destemming they are put on a conveyor belt in order to carefully select the best quality fruit for the fermentation. The fermentation is carried out in open plunging tanks along with a number of specially designed fermentation vessels which enhance the mouth feel of the wine. Near completion of primary fermentation the skins are pressed with a basket press in order to extract soft tannins from the skins with all pressing combined with the free run. Ageing in wood : 16 months in 225 litres barrels. 85% French oak and 15% American oak.