Wine of the week
Quinta do Crasto Crasto Vinho Tinto, Douro Valley 2009 $30
This is a ripping red, made from a mixture of four native Portuguese varieties, led by tinta roriz. The colour is medium-full red with purple tinges, and the bouquet suggests fruitcake and plum with elements of raisin and prune, and some subtle but unmistakable port characteristics, which isn’t surprising as it’s made from the same varieties as Portuguese port. The palate is savoury and elegant, lean and long with an abundance of drying tannins surrounding a fruit-sweet core. A very serious red, of balance and elegance. One of the best dry reds I’ve tasted from Portugal. Now to 2024. 14.5 per cent alcohol. 93/100 (Huon’s Wine 360)
Food: espetada (Portuguese marinated beef on a skewer); any red-meat dish or aged hard cheese.
Stockist: The Oak Barrel
Winery Rating: 88.5
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