Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz is a premium wine produced exclusively from Tinta Roriz grapes and that is only bottled in those years marked by exceptional quality and excellence.
Over the years, Quinta do Crasto has identified the three vineyard plots that are ideal for this variety with three solar exposures – east, southeast and northwest. They are at similar altitudes and have soils that, although poor at the surface, have a layer of clay at a metre and a half in depth that retains the winter rains and thus provides the water conditions necessary for the excellent performance of the vine.
Tinta Roriz is a challenging grape variety from an oenological point of view. High in tannins, its biggest challenge is the phenolic maturation of the grapes. In order to achieve the desired point of tannin maturation, these grapes require the ideal terroir in terms of soil, altitude and sun exposure, with favourable climatic conditions throughout the year. It may then be necessary to harvest each plot selectively and, then undertake careful, precision winemaking in the cellar in order to safeguard the full potential that comes from the vines and so as to obtain the highest quality product.
In those years when climatic conditions prevent the appropriate maturation of Tinta Roriz, the standards of excellence set by the Quinta do Crasto Oenology team cannot be met, and this single varietal is not produced. Happily, the last seven years have permitted the vineyard to consistently bottle Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz. Aged solely in new French oak barrels, Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz has only been produced in the years 2003, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz has a lively and concentrated colour. On the nose, it presents an intense aroma of ripe fruit with good woody notes. It has great presence in the mouth, soft and round, with everything in perfect balance. It has a long and prolonged finish. The Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2015 is deep violet in colour, with elegant notes of rockrose on the nose that are well matched with complex notes of fresh herbs and wild berries. It begins harmoniously in the mouth and then evolves into a wine of great power, with excellent mouth volume and solidly textured tannins that are well matched with aromas of red fruits. This is an engaging wine that pairs beautifully with food and finishes with excellent freshness and length.