Croft’s magnificent old property of Quinta da Roêda forms a vast sweep of terraced vineyard on the north bank of the Douro just upstream from the village of Pinhão. In common with many of Europe’s finest wine estates, Roêda’s vineyards were devastated in the 1870s by Phylloxera. The damage was so extensive that its owners, decided to convert the property to the cultivation of the mulberry tree whose leaves are the preferred food of the silk worm. Fortunately, the solution to Phylloxera was finally found. Otherwise, the estate might be known today as the source of the finest silk rather than for the silken-textured wines for which Roêda is now renowned. Now, for the first time, a Vintage Port has been made from grapes grown on the magnificent plots. In a historic reference to the estate’s involvement in the production of silk and to the characteristically silk-like texture of its wines, it has been named Serikos.
Inky black center with a rim of deep purple. The nose opens rich, ripe fruit with crisp red berry aromas blending with ripe, succulent black fruits. Eucalyptus and rock rose scents merge with hints of crushed mint, fresh citrus notes and a pot-pourri of savory herbs and dried rose petal. On the palate the wine is thick, dense and silky, packed with opulent fruit and supported by a mesh of tightly-woven tannins. This magnificent expression of the oldest vineyard plots at Quinta da Roêda showcases the old vines’ remarkable qualities and their ability to open doors on unexpected new dimensions of aroma.