First taste: Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 2011

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The Crasto may be a straggler (I tasted most 2011s in May) but it was no struggle to polish it off. This beautiful estate (pictured) has produced an elegant Port.

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You’ll find my tasting note below and click here for my comprehensive review of all thirty-five 2011 Vintage Ports I’ve tasted to date (as to which on stockists The Wine Society’s 2011 Vintage Port offer is out this week – click here for details; you’ll see that Graham’s Six Terraces is priced at £475 for 6 bottles ex VAT & duty).

And on matters fortified, I shall be psyching myself up for judging at Rutherglen Show next month. A highlight will undoubtedly be a tutored tasting of each houses’ range of fortified Muscats and Topaques. Watch this space for details.

Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 2011

Sourced from old vines (+60 years old) this deep crimson, opaque Port represents a very true expression of the 2011 vintage, which I have dubbed “modern classic” – classic in its concentration of fruit and structure; modern in its elegant, pure expression of said fruit and structure.  Though, understandably for a single vineyard Port, it’s no powerhouse compared with Fonseca, Sandemans and the like, I particularly enjoyed the freshness, minerality and balance of this mid-term, foot-trodden wine.  As it opens up, it reveals perfumed violet and rock rose to nose and palate; on day two gum cistus.  The fruit (chocolate-edged black plums, damson, raspberry and blackberry) is accessible, but nicely concentrated and juicily expressive; the tannins are present, but powdery.  All in all, very smooth yet relatively dry in style, with a tapering spicy liquorice, gum cistus and mineral accented clean fresh finish.  Very attractive.  Abv 20%, Total Acidity: 4.8 gr/L, pH: 3.72, Bº: 3.0 gr/L

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    • Sarah Ahmed

      Hi Conor, even for young very concentrated Vintage Port like this once opened it’s best to drink it within a few days to appreciate it at its best (still, a ‘problem’ shared is a problem halved and will increase your popularity!) Best Sarah


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