The grapes, coming from old vines, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes with their stems were then slightly crushed and transferred to a traditional stone tank where they were foot trodden. Later, the grape spirit was added to stop the fermentation and fortify the wine.
Vineyards: “Socalcos” (terraces supported by stone walls) Age of Vines: 60+ years old
Aging: Two years in large Portuguese oak vats. Bottled without fining or filtration; a light sediment may form in the bottle over time.
Nose: Excellent aroma expression and concentration, showing fresh berry fruit and gum cistus notes and soft spices hints. Palate: Engaging beginning that leads to a wine of excellent volume, with a solid structure of fresh, compact, finely- textured tannins. Long and lingering to the finish, with a remarkable aromatic explosion of berry fruit in perfect harmony with delicate notes of gum cistus. An engaging, balanced wine, with a great bottle aging potential.
Located in the heart of the Cima Corgo, midway between Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto is officially classified as an ‘A’ grade vineyard property. The estate is predominantly south-facing slopes extending from the banks of the Douro river up to an altitude of nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet). Vineyards are mostly planted on terraces carved from the schist, the characteristic slate-like bedrock of the Douro. The Quinta combines state-of-the-art vinification technology with traditional foot treading method, accomplished in granite tanks called lagares.