Quinta da Roêda is the cornerstone of Croft’s reputation as a producer of superb Vintage Ports. Its characteristically plump, full, vigorously fruity wines, with their hallmark
aroma of Gumcistus, the aromatic bush, are the quintessence of the inimitable Croft house style.
Tasting Notes: Deep brown-black, with narrow brick brown rim. Treacle, molasses, burnt sugar, prunes apricot and a lovely spice. Good round palate, more mature sweeter notes and lighter body. Drinking well now.
viticultural year and harvest
The Winter and Spring of 1997 were warm and dry. The higher than normal temperatures in February and March brought on an early bud burst and the berry set for all the vineyards was very good.
From flowering up to September there were frequent rain showers which meant that the initial advance to the season was lost to a more gradual ripening period. The weather during the harvest was extremely hot and extra effort was made to prolong the fermentations. Yields, however were down by around 30%.
The high quality was evident in the wines from the start, with the intensity of the must, good integration of the spirit and powerful, attractive aromas.
"Outstanding quality. Black colour, with an
amazing nose of blueberries, cherries and wet
earth. Full-bodied, with loads of soft, velvety
tannins, medium sweetness and a medium finish.
Best after 2007"
"There's lots of bass here, with warm ganache, Christmas pudding and toasted buckwheat notes leading the way. Still, this remains fleshy and inviting, with a core of warmed fig and blackberry flavors pumping along nicely. The bramble-edged finish harnesses everything nicely. A strong showing."