The Quinta da Roeda is located in the Douro Valley, in the Vale do Côa region, surrounded by the Serra da Estrela and the Serra do Caramulo mountain ranges. The vineyards are planted on schistes granite and slate-clay, in soils that have very good drainage. The terroir of this region is well-suited for the production of ports. The vineyards are exposed to the north and south-east, with hot and dry summers, mild winters, and a refreshing mistral wind. The grapes were hand-picked in the early morning, at night, or midday, depending on the ripeness of the grapes and the weather conditions. The grapes were transported to the
The port is stored in the cellars for later release to meet market demand for mature Single Quinta Vintage Port.
NEW YORK, NY – 21. April 2021 – House of Croft will bottle Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port from the exceptional 2019 vintage.
Announcing the release, Adrian Bridge, director of Croft, said: We are very pleased with the quality of Quinta da Roêda’s 2019 Vintage Port. Our investment in Roedean Vineyards continues to pay off in the form of world-class wines. He noted: The archetypal Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port is produced in 2019 with great depth and concentration, allowing it to mature very well. Quinta da Roêda Vintage Port is stored in our cellars and will be released in the next 8 to 10 years. Buyers know that the 2018 Quinta da Roêda is still widely available.
Croft winemaker David Guimaraens notes: Roêda is an exceptional property that includes several old vineyards of great historical importance. They contribute to the remarkable richness of Roêda’s Vintage Ports, which are distinguished by their aromatic complexity.
NUMBER OF CASES PRODUCED PORTO VINTAGE QUINTA DA ROÊDA 2019 : 2,950
TASTING NOTE PORTO VINTAGE QUINTA DA ROÊDA 2019
Deep reddish-black colour in the centre with a wide ruby edge. Ripe, juicy fruit on the nose, aromas of cherry and strawberry combined with hints of blackberry jam and currant, but there is just enough freshness to balance the lushness of the fruit. The typical exotic, resinous and spicy character of Roêda, with notes of eucalyptus and mint, is clearly present, as well as an attractive aromatic dimension with notes of dried rose petals and cedar wood. However, the emphasis remains on the sweet, lush fruit that returns on the palate and culminates in a long finish. Although the palate is round and firm and the tannins velvety and controlled, the fresh acids give the wine firmness and energy. A Vintage Port in the tradition of Roêda, captivating, seductive and easy to drink, but with great depth and substance.
NOTES ON THE 2019 VINTAGE AND HARVEST
After a warm and dry rest, the wine cycle started a little earlier, with buds blooming on March 9, about a week earlier than in the normal calendar. In general, the growing season was drier and cooler than average, although the usual rainfall in April was quite productive, with about 98 mm of precipitation. The grapes began to color (veraison) at the usual time, mid-July. Although the ripening season began with high temperatures, the weather in the critical month of August was cooler than average, with some rainfall on the 25th and 26th, balancing the ripening of the grapes. The relatively cool conditions and lack of excessive temperature spikes led to the elegance, crisp acidity and singing fruit found in the 2019 wines. The harvest of red grapes began in the eastern areas of the Douro in warm weather on 4 September and in Pinhão on 14 September. September. The crop was perfectly healthy and in excellent condition, although the yield was almost a tenth below the ten-year average. The wines were pleasantly aromatic, with high natural acidity and higher than normal color intensity.
Croft is one of the first founded harbour houses and its history dates back to 1588, when it was founded in England by Henry Thompson, a member of the York Merchant Company. The Croft family, who joined the company in 1736 and gave it its present name, were very successful in the port trade. The book, published by the publisher, contains a wealth of previously unpublished information about the company’s long and fascinating history. Croft’s reputation as a producer of vintage port owes much to the fact that it owns Quinta da Roêda, one of the Douro Valley’s finest estates, and legendary wines such as Croft 1945, recognized as one of the best wines of that momentous year. In September 2001, Croft became part of The Fladgate Partnership, a family business which also includes the famous Taylor’s and Fonseca waterfront properties.
O KINTA DA ROEDA
Quinta Da Roêda is an extensive area of terraced vineyards located on the north bank of the Douro, just upstream of the village of Pinhão. It has long been considered one of the best wineries in the Douro Valley. The 19th century poet, Veiga Cabral, wrote: If the Douro can be called the golden ring of Portugal, then Quinta da Roêda is the diamond in the setting of the ring. The property was purchased by Croft in 1889 and has undergone extensive renovation, with replanting in the first half of the 20th century. It continued into the early twentieth century. After Croft returned to the family, joining The Fladgate Partnership, the estate once again became a source of significant investment. These include the construction of traditional lagares (granite-lined barrels), which allow for the re-application of the crushing method, which remains the unsurpassed method for obtaining Vintage Port. The character of Vintage Croft Ports is one of the most individual. Fragrant, exotic and full of juicy fruit aromas, they become richer and more complex as they mature. The Quinta da Roêda is the heart of this characteristic house. His wines always form the basis of the Vintage Croft Port blend and in the case of the 2019 blend, all components of the blend are actually sourced from the estate, including wines from the extensive terraces of old vineyards on the estate. Before the dams were built, the Dora was in the last decades of the 20th century. When the river was brought under control in the late 19th century, it flowed through a series of dangerous and rapid rapids. One was at a bend in the river just outside Quinta da Roêda, and the sound of the water rushing through the cobbled riverbed could be heard throughout the vineyard. It is assumed that the name Roêda is derived from the word that describes this sound, arrueda.
For more information, visit the Croft Port website.
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