Croft declares 2017 Vintage and the new Sērikos Vintage
We are delighted to announce the release of Croft Vintage 2017, one of the finest classic Vintage Ports made by the house in recent years.
We are also very excited to announce the release of Sērikos, the first Vintage Port made from the produce of the old, historic vineyard plots on the company’s flagship property, Quinta da Roêda.
Named Sērikos, it’s a historical reference to the property’s involvement in the production of silk following the destruction of its vineyards by Phylloxera and to the silken quality of its wines.
Adrian Bridge, Managing Director:
“We are delighted to announce that we will bottle a Croft Vintage 2017, one of the finest classic Vintage Ports made by the house in recent years. As usual, the imprint of Croft’s famous property, Quinta da Roêda, is apparent in the wine’s seductive fruit, silky texture and complex scented quality. However, the wine displays all the density and background which are features of the 2017 wines.”
“We are very excited to announce the release of Sērikos, the first old vines Vintage Port from Croft’s Quinta da Roêda. Roêda has one of the most extensive and well-preserved areas of old vineyard in the Douro Valley. First planted in the late 19th century, they represent a unique historic legacy and their essence is now encapsulated in a rare Vintage Port which we have named Sērikos.”
David Guimaraens, Head Wine Maker:
“The 2017 viticultural cycle remained well ahead of the usual calendar right up to the harvest which was the earliest for a generation. Croft’s Quinta da Roêda started picking on the last day of August, the earliest since 1945. The very dry ripening season and the excellent exposure of the Roêda vineyards have combined to produce wines of exceptional depth and density.”
Commenting on the wine: “The 2017 has all the silky character, voluptuous fruitiness and exotic aromas associated with the house style. However, the exceptional conditions of the year have brought an impressive tannic ‘grip’ and an attractive minerality giving the wine vigour and resilience.”
“If there was a year which cried out for a Vintage Port to be made from the old vines at Quinta da Roêda, 2017 was it. The first Sērikos has all the typicity of Roêda, with its opulence, silky texture and fine scented quality. But the old vines have added an overwhelming complexity and the wine has impressive scale and depth.”