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Croft 2011 Vintage Port RRP$160.00

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The complex seductive nose has the archetypal Croft opulence but displays impressive depth, backgrouond and reserves of aroma. A rich, powerful fruitiness provides the backdrop for heady scents of blossam and rock rose

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About - One of the original founding port houses, Croft traces its origins to 1588 when the company was established in England by Henty Thomson, a member of the Merchants Company of  York. The Croft family, which joined the partnership in 1736 and gave the firm its present name, serbed the port trade with great distiction. A book recently published by the firm reveals much new research into the company's long and facinating history. The reputation as a Vintage Port producer derives to a large extent from its ownership of Qunito da Roêda, one of the finest estates in the Douro Valley, and from such legendary wines as the Croft 1945, recognised as on e of the finest of that landmark year. In September 2001, Croft became part of The Fladgate Partnership, the family froup which also includes the famous Taylor and Fonseca Port Houses.

Category - Vintage Port (single year Port from an exceptional harvest)

Wine Region- Douro Demarcated Wine Region, this Vintage Port was made from grapes grown on Crofts' Quinta da Roêda (single vineyard) on terraced vineyard located on the north bank of the Douro just upstream from the village of pinhão.

Soil - Schistous

Vintage Conditions - The winter preceiding the 2011 harvest was cold and wet. The rain proved very beneficial, replenshing  depleted ground water reserves and allowing a balanced ripening of the grapes during the hot summer which followed. Budburst occured at the normal time towards the end of the third week of March and wet and relatively warm conditions in April encouraged vigorous growth. From early May conditions turned generally dry and remained so for most of the summer. In spite of the arid conditions the vines were able to draw water from the ground reserves providing ideal conditions for balanced ripening of the grapes.  Picking began at Quinta da Roêda pn the 10th September inexcellent harvesting conditions. Fermentation times were long allowing for complete and even extraction, and the musts in the quinta's lagares showed exceptionally intense colour and aroma.

Vinification / Aging - Fermentation times were long allowing for complete and even extraction, and the musts in the quinta's lagares showed exceptionally intense colour and aroma. Traditional lagares (granite treading tanks) allowing reintroduction of foot treading, still unsurpassed as a method of extraction for Vintage Port.

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Tasting Note - Deep purple black colour. The complex seductive nose has the archetypal Croft opulence but displays impressive depth, background and reserves of aroma. A rich, powerful fruitiness provides the backdrop for heady scents of blossam and rock rose. Luscious ripe berry fruit flavour surges through the palate. The wine's velvety texture is underpinned by taut, muscular, perfectly intergrated tannins which provide stamina with an attractive firmess and vigour to the finish. More virile and structured than some recent Vintages from this classic house, the 2011 nevertheless displays all the rich ripe fruitiness and exotic scented character associated with the Croft house style.

Accolades97 Points Wine Spectator, September 2013

    Ranked 13 out of 100, Wine Spectator Awards 2013

    95 Points, eRobertParker.com

    95 Points, James Suckling, May 2013