Flor de Crasto Tinto 2014
Douro - Portugal
$23.00(no stock available)
|Wine Maker||Quinta De Crasto|
|Tempranillo is a grape packed with earthy flavours, plenty of rich cherry fruit, and it produces wines which are fascinating and complex while being medium bodied and easily drinkable|
|This delicious blended Portuguese wine is made up of the native varietals Tinto Roriz (the Portuguese name for Tempranillo), Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. These big, bold red varietals call out for grilled, smoky, spicy meats - think the paprika-rich spicy sausages this part of Europe is best known for. Versatile and flavourful, this wine would pair nicely with many different meat dishes, but anything which brings together cured meats, lamb or beef, tomatoes and plenty of spice would be a winner!|
This wine's story
The Douro river valley in Portugal is one of the world’s oldest wine producing regions, and during the 18th century, this was one of the centres of the world, with tall ships leaving daily for long voyages of discovery. That pioneering spirit never really left the area, and it continues to be the home of some of Europe’s most beautiful, elegant and forward-thinking wines to this day. Step forward Quinta Do Crasto, the winery behind the Flor de Crasto label. This family-based estate has a history which stretches back to Portugal’s golden age in the 17th century, and oversaw some of the finest vineyards in the country for 300 years under the same bloodline. It was bought in the 1910s by the de Almeida family, and in the 1980s it was inherited by the newest generation, namely Tita and her husband Jorge. Their mission was to revitalise what was then an ailing and crumbling old estate, and they quickly set about improving and renovating the family home and winery, getting it ready for the success that was to come.
Since 1994, Quinta Do Crasto has been producing high quality Port wine and table wine, making the most of their superb terroir and the vineyards which benefit from all the mineral-rich soils and variety of terroirs that typify the Douro. They specialise in native Portuguese grape varietals, and have taken it upon themselves to preserve some of the lesser-known species of native vines, meaning they have an astonishing 40 different grapes to choose from for their supremely elegant blended wines. Recent years have seen Flor de Crasto and the other Quinta Do Crasto labels introduce organic farming methods, in order to sustain this beautiful land and ensure that nothing is lost from vineyard to bottle.
Very exciting to have our first Portugese wine on the website, and from one of the country's leading producers to boot!
These vines are from higher altitudes within the Douro Superior appellation, which occupies the north-eastern corner of Portugal, and abuts the Spanish border.
The area is of course better know for the production of the great fortified Port wines of the world, but in the last 15 years, the production of table wines has improved and increased dramatically.
This wine shows wonderfully juicy, spicy notes with that overlay a spectrum of blue red and black fruits. It has a round mid-palate balanced with freshness and silky tannins. A serious over performer and brilliant value