Croft Declares 2011 Vintage

23/04/2013

   
 

A near perfect viticultural year in the Douro Valley culminated in an outstanding 2011 harvest and the production of wines of exceptional quality. As a result, on 23rd April 2013, Croft announced its decision to declare the 2011 vintage and release a classic Croft Vintage Port.

Comments on the wine and on the viticultural year are as follows:

Adrian Bridge, Managing Director:
"The 2011 harvest in the Douro Valley followed a near-perfect ripening season which produced wonderfully balanced, classic Ports. The
quality was apparent from the outset and has been confirmed by the development of the wines since harvest time. The Croft 2011 Vintage
Port has the richness and aromatic complexity which are the hallmarks of the house style but also impressive structure and depth of flavour.
This is one of the most muscular and powerful of recent Croft Vintages.”

David Guimaraens, Wine Maker:
"The old historic vineyard plots at Quinta da Roêda performed particularly well in 2011 and this has given the Croft Vintage Port an additional
layer of density and depth of flavour. The quality of the tannins is also outstanding, silky and well-integrated but with a powerful grip on the
finish.”

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 blossom and rock rose. Luscious ripe berry fruit flavour surges though the palate. The wine’s velvety texture is underpinned by taut, muscular, perfectly integrated tannins which provide stamina with an
attractive firmness 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.

Notes on the Viticultural Year and Harvest
The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was cold and wet. The weather station at Croft’s Quinta da Roêda registered 496 mm of rainfall between 1st November and 31st March compared to a 30-year average of 358 mm. The rain proved very beneficial, replenishing depleted ground water reserves and allowing a balanced ripening of the grapes during the hot dry summer which followed. Budburst occurred 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. Only 12 mm of rain fell at Roêda in the months of May, June and July compared to a 30-year average of 105 mm. 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. The hot dry weather in August was broken at the ideal moment by two spells of rainfall, on 21st August and 1st September, which rounded off the ripening season and produced a balanced and evenly mature crop.

Picking began at Quinta da Roêda on 10th September in excellent harvest exceptionally intense colour and aroma.