Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa
Douro DOC, Douro Valley
Deep ruby in color. The nose is intense, with gum cistus aromas, fresh berry fruit notes and elegant hints of spice. Appealing on the palate, evolving into an engaging, serious wine, with firm, fine-textured tannins. The finish is fresh, long and lingering. This is a beautiful wine that expresses the essence of the unique terroir of the Vinha Maria Teresa.
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 favorable. Rain on 15 and 16 September favored the final ripening of the grapes of some vineyard plots. The Vinha Maria Teresa, with its east facing aspect, found in 2015 optimal conditions to reach full ripeness. The grapes of this vineyard plot were harvested on 12 September and 19 September. This is a year whose wines stand out for their generous fruit, natural freshness and extraordinary elegance.
The grapes, coming from the vineyard plot Vinha Maria Teresa, 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 completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, they are transferred to temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. Once the alcoholic fermentation is completed, the grape are gently pressed using hydraulic presses. Aging: About 20 months in new oak barrels (90% French oak; 10% American oak). The final wine is made from a selection of the finest barrels.
- Colour: Opaque with deep violet hues.
- Nose: Extraordinary complex on the nose, with fresh aromas of spice, gum cistus and wild berry fruit. Everything is well-balanced, resulting in a wine of great freshness and depth.
- Palate: Lush and charming beginning that leads to a tight-knit structure of firm, finely-textured tannins nicely wrapped in complex flavours of wild berry fruit and fresh spice. A unique and distinctive wine with an elegant and lingering finish.
The grapes, coming from Vinha Maria Teresa, a plot of Quinta do Crasto´s vineyard, were taken to the winery in 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 with robotic pistons. Fermentation took place for 7 days under strict controlled temperature environment. Aging: 20 months in new oak barrels (225 litres) (85% French oak, 15% American oak)