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 ruby black, narrow purple red rim. Fine, complex black fruit nose, jammy, strawberry and cherry. Nicely balanced palate with volume but firm tannins. Attractive fruit flavour, a little closed up still, but a very fine wine.
viticultural year and harvest
The winter preceding the 2005 harvest was extremely cold and dry leaving the reserves of water severely depleted after an already dry and hot 2004.
The growing season started later than usual as a result of the cold weather and the shortage of water. The whole growing season was marked by lower vigour and small berry size for all grape varieties.
From May 16th until 6th September there was no further rain. However, in spite of the extreme heat and drought like conditions, the ripening process continued normally, although at a slower pace than usual. Fortunately, the dry summer conditions were relieved by steady rainfall between 6th and 9th September, giving the vines the critical relief that they needed, enabling them to complete the ripening process and deliver a perfectly ripe and well balanced crop.
"it blossoms in the glass and develops an
entrancing bouquet of black cherries, violets, rose
petals, blood orange and garrigues. That
garrigues quality infuses the palate, which is
full-bodied and muscular, quite firm tannins with
layers of black fruits and a touch of book orange
waving au revoir on the finish. A superb Roêda.
"This is a superlative vineyard, and this wine shows
its true character, a big, hearty wine, but one with
a structured core of mineral, rich fruits and dark
tannins. With its concentration, expect it to age
well over 10 years and more."