Crasto DOC White
Douro DOC, Douro Valley
Pale lemon in colour, with light golden hints. Lots of freshness on the nose, showing lively aromas of citrus fruit and delicate notes of orange blossom. The palate is elegant, with an excellent volume and texture underpinned by vibrant notes of minerality. The finish is fresh, balanced and lingering.
The grapes, chosen from selected plots, are taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they are rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes are then destemmed and pressed. The juice is transferred to stainless steel tanks where it remains for 48 hours at 8ºC for decanting. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at 14ºC for 30 days. Ageing:3 months in stainless steel vats, with occasional lees stirring.
The 2017 harvest will go down in the as the earliest ever at Quinta do Crasto. An unusually warm and dry winter meant that the vines’ growth cycle began earlier than normal. Low rainfall continued throughout the cycle leading to moderate water stress and the vines had to naturally adapt to these adverse weather conditions. Harvest began on 8 August, with the Viosinho grapes that would go into the Crasto White Wine 2017 blend. This was an important decision since it allowed us the desired levels of freshness and natural acidity. On balance, we can say that 2017 was a year of lower yields, with fewer bunches of smaller grapes, but that had excellent concentration and an optimal skin to pulp ratio. This was a challenging year for the viticulture and winemaking teams. We had to perfectly time the harvest to ensure maximum quality. 2017 will certainly go down in history as a year of exceptional wines.