Croft Port, Quinta da Roeda, 2004
Region: Douro, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Cão, Tinta Amarela
Deep ruby with a purple edge. Characteristic complexity of spices and clove aromas seduce the senses, with fat, ripe raisins, fresh fruity raspberry, gumcistus and violet undertones. A rich opulent wine with great tannic structure. Dark plums, blackberry jam, raspberry and spice flavours on the mouth; finishing with dark bitter chocolate that stays in the palate forever. Single Quinta wines need decanting , and will throw a sediment as they age. Walnuts are an excellent accompaniment to Vintage Port, along with rich flavoured cheeses such as Silton and dried fruits. Equally enjoyable drunk on its own.
Quinta da Roêda forms a vast sweep of terraced vineyard located on the north bank of the Douro just upstream from the village of Pinhão. The estate has long been regarded as one of the finest in the Douro Valley. The estate was acquired by Croft in 1889 and was extensively renovated by the firm, with replanting continuing throughout the first half of the 20th century. Since Croft’s return to family ownership, with its incorporation into The Fladgate Partnership, the property has again been the source of major investment. This includes the building of traditional lagares allowing the reintroduction of foot treading, still unsurpassed as a method of extraction for Vintage Ports.
The character of Croft Vintage Ports is one of the most individual of all. Scented, exotic and crammed with luscious opulent fruit flavour, they develop great richness and complexity with age. Quinta da Roêda is at the heart of this distinctive house style and in years when Croft do not declare a vintage Port, they may choose to select the best wines from Roêda and bottle a Qunita da Roêda Port, this expresses the purity of the unique Roêda terrior.