First taste: Quinta do Crasto Vintage Port 2011
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.
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