Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz
Douro DOC, Douro Valley
Deep purple in color, the wine shows elegant gum cistus aromas well integrated with complex notes of fresh spice and wild berry fruit. Balanced on the palate, evolving into a powerful wine that shows red berry fruit flavors, excellent volume and firm, textured tannins. This is an engaging, food-friendly wine, with a fresh, lingering finish.
2015 was a dry but well-balanced year that was saved by the right amount of rainfall at exactly the right moment. July and August were mild, with hot days and cold nights, which had a positive influence on the ripening of the grapes. The white grape harvest began on 21 August and the first red wine grapes arrived in the winery from the Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior on 29 August. Weather conditions throughout the harvest were favourable. Rain on 15 and 16 September favoured the final ripening of the grapes of some vineyard plots. The three plots of 32-year-old Tinta Roriz vines, with their east, south, and west aspects present an interesting challenge to the viticulture and winemaking teams when it comes to choosing the exact moment to harvest each one. 2015 was no exception. On September 6, the west facing vineyard was the first to be picked, followed by those facing south and east, respectively. This is a year whose wines stand out for their generous fruit, natural freshness and extraordinary elegance.
The grapes, coming from the best Tinta Roriz plot of Quinta do Crasto, are taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on arrival. The grapes are first trodden in a traditional stone tank (lagar) and after this, they are transferred into an open stainless steel tank where the cap is pressed down with robotic pistons. Fermentation takes place for 10 days under strict controlled temperature environment. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the grape are gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aging: In new French oak barrels.
- Colour: Opaque, deep purple.
- Nose: Intense on the nose, showing ripe red fruit aromas and fresh notes of gum cistus reminiscent of menthol. The nose is packed with complex and engaging aromas.
- Palate: Powerful start that leads to a voluptuous wine, with massive yet elegant tannins. Everything is lovely combined with retronasal aromas of red fruit. This is a seductive, food-friendly wine, with a balanced and lingering finish.
The grapes, coming from the best Tinta Roriz plot of Quinta do Crasto, were taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on arrival. The grapes were first foot trodden in a traditional stone tank (“lagar”) and after this, they were transferred into an open stainless steel tank where the cap was pressed down with robotic pistons. Fermentation took place for 10 days under strict controlled temperature environment. Once the alcoholic fermentation was completed, the grape were gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aging:18 months in new French oak barrels (225 litres).