Quinta do Crasto, Vinha Maria Teresa
Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has conquered the status of being one of the great Portuguese wines, having received top reviews in the national and international press over recent years.It is exclusively sourced from Vinha Maria Teresa, a small plot of centenary vines that inspired its name and which is one of the oldest at Quinta do Crasto. This vineyard plot is located at extremely low altitudes and enjoys excellent sun exposure. Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa is a super premium, single vineyard, Douro DOC red wine that is only bottled in exceptional years and always in strictly limited numbers.
Taking advantage of the low yield of these old vines, the Quinta do Crasto winemaking team has managed to make a world class wine that is complex and full of character and that is capable of ageing in the bottle for years to come.
"The 2011 Vinha Maria Teresa hasn't been seen for a couple of years so it is good to check in. I had the opportunity to see it again during an event with other single-plot wines from Crasto. Some were complex stars (2007 Ponte), some were a bit compact (2014 Ponte, 2012 Ponte), some were right on track (2013 Maria Teresa), but this might have been the pick of the litter. I don't usually produce notes on quick tastes but this is worth a mention as it continues on its way in the cellar. Always impeccably balanced, this still has the backbone for the long haul but it is also approachable. (It was double decanted and in the glass for awhile to reach that point.) Its mid-palate finesse is reminiscent of that old world approach (excuse the stereotype). Both elegant and tightly wound, it is nowhere near peak just now but it is already on the expressive side. Sophisticated and suave, it's a beauty that is irresistible. It only has one task left—to acquire a little more complexity with time." 97 pts, Mark Squires, WA
|Duty Paid / In Bond||Duty Paid|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Hearty Red|
|Food Match||Desserts - Chocolate cake, Occasions - Barbecue, Red Meat - Braised Aardvark, Red Meat - Roast Lamb|
Quinta do Crasto
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