Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022

Quinta do Crasto Superior White 2022

 

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Quinta do Crasto
Superior White 2022
  • Vintage : 2022
  • Country : Portugal
  • Region : Douro
  • Subregion
  • Type : White
  • Style : Medium Bodied Aromatic Dry
  • Format : 75cl
  • Alcohol : 13,5°
  • Grappes : 60% Viosinho, 40% Verdelho

The Quinta do Crasto Superior White is a stellar example of Douro winemaking, showcasing the finesse and balance of Viosinho and Verdelho grapes with its fresh citrus notes and vibrant minerality.

Experts Score Vintage
RP Robert Parker 90+ 2022
WS Wine Spectator 90 2022
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Region and Vineyards

Quinta do Crasto is located in the prestigious Douro appellation, known for its stunning landscapes and exceptional wines. The vineyard plots vary in aspect and altitude, ranging from 600 meters with east to north orientations. This diversity in terroir allowed for a balance in production levels, with higher altitude areas faring better in terms of yield. The vineyards are structured with vertical rows and terraces (patamares), allowing for optimal sun exposure and air circulation.

Winemaking

The Quinta do Crasto Superior White is crafted from a blend of 60% Viosinho and 40% Verdelho. The grapes, sourced from the Douro Superior sub-region, are carefully transported to the winery in 22kg plastic boxes and rigorously inspected upon arrival. They are then destemmed and pressed, with the juice being transferred to stainless steel tanks for a 48-hour decanting period at 8ºC. The initial alcoholic fermentation takes place in these tanks before the wine is moved to French oak barrels, where fermentation continues for 45 days at 14ºC.

The wine is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels, with 50% new barrels and 50% used barrels. A portion of these barrels (15%) have acacia heads to add complexity. The barrels are equipped with individual rollers to facilitate lees stirring without introducing oxygen, enhancing the wine's texture and depth.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Pale lemon.
  • Aroma: Intense and fresh, with prominent notes of citrus fruit and a vibrant minerality.
  • Palate: Evolves charmingly in the mouth, offering excellent volume and texture. This is a food-friendly wine with a captivating and long, lingering finish.

Did you know?

The vines used for Quinta do Crasto Superior White are 26 years old, which helps contribute to the wine's complexity and refined character.

Wine Pairing Ideas

  • Grilled Seafood: The fresh citrus notes and vibrant minerality of the wine complement the delicate flavors of grilled seafood.
  • Roast Chicken with Herbs: The wine's excellent volume and texture pair well with the savory and aromatic qualities of roast chicken.
  • Goat Cheese Salad: The wine's acidity and minerality balance the richness of goat cheese, making it a perfect match for a fresh salad.
  • Sushi: The elegant texture and fresh finish of the wine enhance the delicate flavors of sushi.

Located on the right bank of the Douro River, between the towns of Régua and Pinhão, Quinta do Crasto is a property of 130 hectares, 70 of which are planted with vines.

Nestled on a privileged location in the Douro Demarcated Region, Quinta do Crasto has belonged to the family of Leonor and Jorge Roquette for over a century and like all the great properties of the Douro it dates back to ancient times - the name "Crasto" is derived from the Latin word "castrum", which means "Roman fort".

The large investments made over the past few years have seen considerable advancements in the reorganisation of the vineyards and the implementation of modern equipment in the winery. This work has resulted in a great selection of top-quality wines, including blended wines (Crasto, Crasto Superior and Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines), single varietal wines (Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional), single vineyard wines (Vinha da Ponte and Vinha Maria Teresa), and special category of Port wines (Finest Reserve, LBV and Vintage).

Despite the use of state-of-the-art winemaking technology, Quinta do Crasto maintains its traditional foot treading method, carried out in large granite tanks called "lagares".

The completion of this phase of investment and the passion for making exceptional wines has contributed to Quinta de Crasto´s growing national and international reputation.

Robert Parker (RP) : 90+ Points (2022)
The 2022 Superior Branco was produced with 60% Viosinho and 40% Verdelho grapes from their vines in the Douro Superior on granite soils. It fermented in barrel, and they stirred the lees by rolling the barrels (to avoid oxidation) to give it structure and aging potential. It has a similar aromatic profile as the regular white—balsamic, white fruit and flowers, herbs and a touch of bay leaf. It has some fine tannins, moderate ripeness and alcohol (12.5% alcohol) and a dry sensation on the palate. It is tasty, clean and long, with a spicy finish and good freshness. This was first produced in 2013. 46,419 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2023.

Wine Spectator (WS) : 90 Points (2022)
Rich and creamy, this is well-balanced and vibrant, thanks to lemony acidity providing finely honed definition for flavors of pear tart, toasted almond, pastry cream and vanilla. Shows smoke and spices on the finish. Viosinho and Verdelho.

Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021
Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines 2021
Quinta do Crasto
Reserva Old Vines 2021
RP
94
WE
93
WS
93
Discover the elegance and richness of the Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines, a wine that embodies the essence of old vines with seductive notes of red fruits and a persistent finish.
36,90 €
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Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Vinha Maria Teresa 2019
RP
97
Since its first release in 1998, Quinta do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa has been regarded as one of the greatest Portuguese wines and acclaimed by national and international specialized press.
255,00 €
Quantity : moins plus
Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto 2019
Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Superior Tinto 2019
WS
90
RP
89
JS
90
The Quinta do Crasto Superior Tinto is a remarkable wine from the Douro, offering a rich tapestry of wild berry aromas, well-integrated oak, and a solid structure, epitomizing the unique identity of the Douro Superior.
21,90 €
Quantity : moins plus
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2019
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Nacional 2019
Quinta do Crasto
Touriga Nacional 2019
RP
97
JS
93
WS
94
This wine is made with 100% Touriga Nacional. Lively and deep in color with intense ripe fruit aromas and notes of oak. Soft and round in the palate with everything is in balance. Long and spicy finish.
69,00 €
Quantity : moins plus
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2017
Quinta do Crasto Tinta Roriz 2017
Quinta do Crasto
Tinta Roriz 2017
RP
96
WS
94
WE
94
Released only in the finest years, this wine is made with 100% Tinta Roriz. Vivid and deep in color with intense ripe fruit aromas and notes of oak. Soft and round on the palate, very well balanced. A long and lingering finish.
69,00 €
Quantity : moins plus
Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018
Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte 2018
Quinta do Crasto
Vinha da Ponte 2018
RP
97
WS
91
For some wine enthusiasts and critics, Quinta do Crasto Vinha da Ponte is one of this estate’s best wines, one of the best, in fact, in the entire Douro region. 
255,00 €
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Quinta do Crasto Touriga Franca 2017
Quinta do Crasto Touriga Franca 2017
Quinta do Crasto
Touriga Franca 2017
RP
95
Produced only in exceptional vintages, this wine is produced from the best Touriga Franca plots on the estate.
69,00 €
Quantity : moins plus
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