Crasto Douro Tinto 2012

A great but affordable red from one of the top producers

Quinta do Crasto is one of the great Douro producers and if you see a bottle with the word Quinta on the label it will be a great deal more expensive. But this simply labelled Crasto is an example of how good an unoaked Portuguese red can be.

Produced from vines with an average age of 20 years (tinta roriz, tinta barroca, touriga franca and touriga nacional) grown in slate soil on the banks of the Douro River, this wine has all the ingredients of one of the premium Douro reds – but the producer here set out with the intention of making a fresh, fruity and easy-drinking wine.

The result is a very classy medium-bodied young red, bursting with wild red berry notes on the nose, velvety and rounded in the mouth, with good tannic balance and a spicy finish.

A perfect partner for roast white meats, or even a more heavy fish dish like a roasted Pargo Portuguese style.

Promotional price at Apolónia supermarket
(valid from November 28 to December 4)
(retail price €9.99)

By PATRICK STUART [email protected]