- Alcohol:14,5% vol
- Grape Variety:97% Syrah and 3% Viogner
- Serving Temperature:16-18ºC
- Winemakers:Manuel Lobo
- Pairing:Beef, Pasta, Lamb, Game (deer, venison)
- Age of Vines: 16 years old
- Landscaping: Patamares (terraces) with one and two rows of vines
- Aspect, Soil and Altitude: East – North 130 – 450m
- Bottling: November 2019
- Vinification: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 16 months.
- Tasting notes:Deep ruby in colour. An outstanding aroma expression surprises the nose with intense floral notes, aromas of ripe wild berry fruit, and fine spice. On the palate it starts in a harmonious way, evolving into a serious wine, with a compact structure made of finely textured tannins. The finish is elegant and persistent. Crasto Superior Syrah is a lovely wine that sports a fresh, elegant profile and a great ageing potential.
- Viticultural Year:The 2017 harvest will go down as the earliest ever at Quinta do Crasto. An unusually warm and dry winter meant that the vines’ growth cycle began earlier than normal. Low rainfall continued throughout the cycle leading to moderate water stress and the vines had to naturally adapt to these adverse weather conditions. On 18 August, we started picking the red grapes at the Quinta da Cabreira vineyard in the Douro Superior sub-region. We are able to irrigate the grapes on this property and this was instrumental in keeping the vines working in a well-balanced fashion and enabled the berries to achieve perfect ripeness. This was a challenging year for the viticulture and winemaking teams. We had to perfectly time the harvest to ensure maximum quality. 2017 will certainly go down in history as a year of exceptional wines.
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