Croft 2017 Vintage Port in 75cl bottles. A superb vintage.
Croft Port is one of the original founding Port houses and can records show that it was established in 1588, in England, by Henry Thompson, a member of the Merchants Company of York. The Croft family, who joined the partnership in 1736 and gave the firm its present name, served the Port trade with great distinction. In Quinta de Roeda, Croft Port owns one of the finest Port estates in the Douro – it is wine from this vineyard that always form the backbone of Croft Vintage Port. Croft Port was bought by the Taylor Fladgate Partnership, owners of the Taylor and Fonseca Port houses, and since this return to family ownership has consolidated its position as a ‘first growth’ Vintage Port producer.
The 2017 Port Vintage is of exceptional quality. So much so that The Symington Family have declared the first back to back vintage declaration in the family’s 137 year history. The vintage was characterised by intense heat with record low levels of rainfall. Flowering and bud burst developed under good conditions and the high daytime temperatures and cool nights in August and September allowed for a gradual and even ripening. Harvest was exceptionally early, with some producers harvesting at the beginning of August. The harvest was around 20 to 30% down on a normal harvest, basically due to water stress. So, 2017 produced a smaller quantity of excellent fruit. Conditions were similar to 1945, an extremely highly regarded vintage. Expect powerful, intense and complex wines with great aromas and freshness. As Dirk Niepoort declared, “the 2017 Vintage Port is epic and a triumph, the best I’ve witnessed in all my years at Niepoort”, whilst Adrian Bridge, managing director of The Fladgate Partnership, stated “All our houses and their properties have produced exceptional wines, with impressive density, depth and aromatic potential”.