Krohn 1996 Colheita Port is a single vintage Tawny Port. A Colheita Port must be made from grapes harvested from a single vintage and aged for at least 7 years in barrel prior to release. This particular bottling was bottled in 2018.
Krohn or, Wiese and Krohn to give its full name, was founded in 1865 by two young Norwegians, Theodor Wiese & Dankert Krohn. Edmundo Falcão Carneiro acquired the company in the 1930s and Wiese and Krohn was run by the second and third generations of the Falcão Carneiro family until 2013. Krohn Port was acquired by the Fladgate Partnership (owners of Taylor, Croft and Fonseca) in 2013. Krohn’s stocks of Port reach over 5 million litres and are stored in six cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and one cellar in the Douro Region. They have exceptional stocks of aged tawny Port and colheita Port dating back to 1863.
Grapes for the Krohn 1996 Colheita Port were sourced from old vine vineyards at Krohn’s famous Quinta do Retiro Novo estate in Sarzedinho in the Rio Torto Valley where all their vineyards are rated as “A grade”. Some grapes are also sourced from neighbouring growers in the Rio Torte. These are all old vine vineyards planted on schistous soils. The grapes are trodden by foot at the quinta in large granite “lagares” where the wine also undergoes fermentation. Fermentation is stopped with the addition of grape spirit when the desired level of sweetness is achieved. This fine tawny Port is aged in 547 litre oak vats (also traditionally known as a Port “pipe”) at the Wiese & Krohn cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the Atlantic coast. Wines are bottled without fining and to order, maximising the time spent in barrel. The blend of grapes for the Krohn 1996 Colheita Port is Touriga Nacional with some Touriga Francesa and Tinta Barroca – a typical Douro Port blend. Winemaker is David Guimaraens.
This may throw a light sediment but, in general, Tawny Ports do not need decanting like a vintage Port.
Krohn 1996 Colheita Port is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.