Quinta da Roêda Vintage Porto 2015
/ Douro Valley Porto
Grapes: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Quinta da Roêda, owned by the Croft family since 1875, has long been considered one of the great Porto vineyards, producing characteristically plump, full, fruit-forward wines. This single-quinta (single-vineyard) vintage Porto is produced only in years of exceptional quality when a general Porto vintage is not declared. The grapes are trod by foot in granite lagares to minimize the release of harsh, bitter compounds from skins and seeds, and the wine spends two years aging in vat before bottling.
Wine Advocate2015 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2015 vintage
The viticultural cycle was preceded by very low rainfall during the winter months with the weather station at Quinta da Roêda recording precipitation of only 66% of the ten-year average, although rainfall in early winter was sufficient to provide some ground water and avoid drought conditions. Early Spring was also relatively dry and this was an important factor in ensuring that the crop was perfectly healthy. Dry conditions and some very hot spells in late spring and early summer brought forward the start to the ripening season. However, from mid-July right up to the harvest in September, ripening conditions were balanced and even, with no spells of extreme heat. The bunches at harvest time were perfectly formed but yields were somewhat below average. As expected, the vintage at Roêda got off to a relatively early start on September 7th and Croft wine makers at Roêda recorded excellent extraction. Picking took place in excellent conditions, with warm sunny days and cool nights throughout the harvest.
Intense purple-black centre surrounded by a vivid magenta rim. A typical Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port nose made up of a rich plump dark berry compote infused with exotic notes of ripe tropical fruit and the subtle pungency of wild herbs. Warm notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and spice contribute to the wine’s opulent character. The palate is smooth, round and full of rich, jammy flavor. The wine’s silky texture conceals the firm, well-knit tannins which emerge on the finish to provide an attractive firmness and grip. Characteristically of the 2015 Vintage Ports, the wine is immediately appealing but will continue to gain in elegance and refinement over the next three decades.
Pair with aged cheeses such as Gouda, dark chocolate torte or flourless chocolate cake and desserts made with berries.
GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
ACIDITY: 4.52 g/l
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 97 g/l
points of distinction
- Produced exclusively from fruit from the famed Quinta da Roêda
- A collectible, vintage wine that doesn’t need to age as long as a traditional vintage wine
- One of few wines that pairs perfectly with chocolate desserts
about the grape +
Touriga Nacional produces wine with finesse, body and warmth that is dark, concentrated, massively tannic and aromatic. It ages to show the complex aromas typically found in mature vintage port.
– Natasha Robertson Bridge, Chief Blender
“Croft is defined by an abundance of rich, plump fruit with a delicious exotic quality and a distinctive herbaceous, spicy character.”