2016 Croft

Fruit forward on the nose, a real mix of red and black fruits, with an underlying presence of aromatics and a light touch of eucalyptus. Black pepper, straight away evident, gives way to layers of cassis and blackberries and then a burst of mouth-watering freshness which lingers on. Clean, fresh and pure, this Croft offers elegance and refinement. Classic.

Critic score
94/100
Pricing
Half
En primeur
9 available
£25.79

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    Portugal
  • Maturity
    Young 2028 - 2050
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Sweet
  • Style
    Fortified
  • Unit Volume
    Half (37.5cl.)
  • Classification
    Vintage Port
2016 Croft

TASTING NOTES

The 2016 Vintage Port is a field blend originally seen about a week before bottling. It comes in with 104 grams of residual sugar. Not a lot has changed except that it seems even more approachable and much better balanced now. It also seems drier than its statistics would suggest. Tight and intense on first taste, this comes around relatively well with a couple of hours of air on the first day tasted, but it isn't expressive until a couple of days later. The initial firmness moderates to some extent, showcasing a relatively approachable young Port. (That doesn't mean it is ready or close to it.) The concentration seems good enough now, so that the hints of alcohol that I saw in June—and again this time around when this was in its first 90 minutes of aeration—seem under much better control. The balance is just more appealing. It shows beautifully with a couple of days of air. As with all Ports of any quality, this could use some time. This is gripping, but it won't sear your mouth with tannins. You are going to have to cellar it a while to allow it to acquire more complexity and more harmony, though. This is showing more promise than ever.

Mark Squires, Wine Advocate, Issue #240 (December 2018)
94/100

The 2016 Croft Vintage Port has a taut bouquet at first that demands a good 20 or 30 minutes to get into its stride. It eventually reveals scents of blackberry, bilberry, chimney soot, clove, and just a hint of scorched earth in the background. The palate is spicy and vivacious on the entry: black fruit, clove, white pepper and curry powder (almost like a Balti!) I love the personality imbued into this Croft, a Vintage Port that seems to be wearing its heart on its sleeve. Excellent. Production is 3,050 cases.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (June 2018)
94/100

Blackish mid crimson. Mild, ‘agreeable’, friendly nose. Sweet and lightly spicy. Then the thread is drawn and it’s much drier on the end. Fairly early maturing compared with the greats, I would have thought. Without massive density.

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (May 2018)
16.5++/20