- Alcohol:13.5% vol
- Grape Variety:Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Souzão
- Serving Temperature:16-18ºC
- Winemakers:Manuel Lobo
- Pairing:Beef, Pasta, Lamb, Game (deer, venison)
- Age of Vines: 15 years old
- Landscaping: Vinha ao alto (rows of vines planted up and down the slope) and patamares (terraces) with one and two rows of vines
- Aspect, Soil and Altitude: East – North130 – 450m
- Bottling: April 2019
- Vinification:The grapes, coming from the best Touriga Nacional plot of Quinta do Crasto, are taken to the winery The grapes, coming from our property Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior sub-region, are
taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on a sorting table on arrival. The grapes are then completely destemmed and slightly crushed. After this, the must is transferred to temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks.
- Ageing:In French oak barrels for about 12 months.
- Tasting notes:Deep purple in colour. On the nose, the wine shows fresh wild berry fruit that is well integrated with light notes of spice. Balanced on the palate, evolving into a wine of great volume, with a compact structure made of thick-textured tannins. The finish is elegant, fresh and lingering.
- Viticultural Year:Adverse weather conditions made 2016 a complex year. The winter saw generous levels of rainfall, far above the average for the last thirty years. It was also warmer than usual through the end of January. The rain continued into early spring, but it was accompanied by a considerable fall in temperatures that slowed the growth of the vines. July and August were extremely hot and dry. The rainy winter had provided abundant water reserves that yielded lush vines with excellent canopies. The grapes were ripening well, if slowly. Quinta do Crasto saw 18mm of rain on 24 and 25 August, which was of great benefit to the vines. This, together with a fall in temperatures in early September, gave rise to the perfect ripening of the grapes.
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