Croft

Croft's, a name synonymous with excellence in the world of port, boasts a long and illustrious history dating back to 1588. With centuries of experience and an unwavering commitment to quality, Croft's has solidified its position as one of the most esteemed port producers in the Douro Valley. Their range of port wines showcases the unique character and terroir of this prestigious wine region.


At the heart of Croft's portfolio is their Vintage Port, a wine produced in exceptional years from carefully selected grapes. These Vintage Ports embody the essence of craftsmanship and aging potential, with intense flavours, aromatic complexity, and a remarkable ability to evolve and improve over time. Croft's Vintage Ports are sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike, offering a truly exceptional drinking experience.


Another standout offering from Croft's is their Late Bottled Vintage (LBV) Port. Crafted from a single vintage and aged in oak casks, LBV Ports offer a harmonious balance of rich flavours, velvety textures, and vibrant fruitiness. Croft's LBV Ports are known for their accessibility and approachability, making them an ideal choice for those seeking a taste of the Douro Valley's finest.


In addition to their Vintage and LBV Ports, Croft's also produces exceptional Tawny Ports. These ports undergo extended aging in oak barrels, resulting in a rich amber hue and a remarkable array of flavours, ranging from dried fruits and nuts to delicate hints of spice. Croft's Tawny Ports offer a captivating drinking experience that showcases the art of blending and aging.


As an expert, you understand that Croft's is not the sole producer of outstanding port wines. Renowned names such as Taylor's, Graham's, Dow's, and Fonseca are synonymous with excellence in the world of ports. These esteemed houses boast rich histories, exceptional vineyard holdings, and a diverse range of ports that cater to the discerning palates of enthusiasts worldwide.


Embarking on a journey through the world of fine port wines allows you to immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions, exquisite flavours, and the artistry of the Douro Valley's winemakers. Each sip reveals a tapestry of flavours, from the opulent fruit to the complex nuances derived from oak aging.



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Porto 2 94 (WA) HK$835.00
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The 2018 Vintage Port Quinta da Roeda is a field blend aged for approximately 18 months in very large used wooden vats. It comes in with 104 grams of residual sugar. Ripe and expressive, this delicious single-quinta Porto also has fine concentration and some pop on the finish. Indeed, as this sits and airs out, it proves it has a real backbone. Two days later, it was pretty tight. This is more about fruit than structure, though, and this sexy, nuanced and succulent Port is going to be hard to resist as it ages. Likely to be accessible on the younger side, it should still hold very well. I need to see a bit more to be fully convinced, but right now this seems like the steal and sleeper of the Fladgate Partnership trio this issue (the Fonseca and Taylor's being the others). For the moment—and young Ports do change notably as they age—this would be my favorite of the trio. The price references a full bottle, although this was tasted from a half bottle.
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Porto 1 91+ (VN) HK$3,070.00
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Vinous (91+)

Bright medium ruby. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, graphite and violet. Suave, sweet and very firmly built; still a bit youthfuly clenched but concentrated, intensely fruity and stylish. This is structured to develop slowly in bottle. Seemed to grow longer as it opened in the glass. Like a mini-Taylor.
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Porto 5 94 (WA) HK$1,985.00
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Wine Advocate (94)

The 2009 Croft has a tightly wound bouquet of blackberry, black plum, and touches of glycerine and graphite that are well-defined but persistently broody. The palate is full-bodied with a burly, powerful entry. There is real structure and presence here – a Croft packed full of spicy black fruit with white peppers generously sprinkled over the finish. This is an ambitious Croft that could become a future legend – or might trip over its untrammeled ambition! Tasted May 2013.
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Porto 5 94 (WA) HK$5,245.00
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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 awhile to allow it to acquire more complexity and more harmony, though. This is showing more promise than ever.
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Porto 3 19 (RM) HK$3,150.00
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Croft has developed its own rather ripe, voluptuous and rather jammy style in recent years, distinguishing the wine from the firmer, perhaps more challenging character of Fonseca and Taylor. Perhaps 2017 has been kind to Quinta da Roêda which provides the ‘cornerstone’ of this Port: surprisingly closed on the nose with plump juicy fruit underlying, ripe plums and cherries; similarly plump and voluptuous initially with a wonderfully ripe, broad tannic core rising in the mouth, dense and rather gorgeous all the way through to a fresh, vibrant finish. This has it all and maybe the wine of the vintage.
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Porto 8 92-95 (WA) HK$3,525.00
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Wine Advocate (92-95)

The 2011 Croft is initially taciturn on the nose, even after allowing it 20 minutes in my glass. A light swirling immediately awakens the aromatics to offer blackberry, Seville orange marmalade, blueberries and dried fig – complex and quite compelling. There is real mineralite within this bouquet that, returning after 30 minutes, offers alluring ocean spray scents rolling in off the ocean. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety-smooth opening that belies the fine, structured tannins underneath. It clams up a little towards the finish, shuts the lid tight and consequently there is the sensation of less persistency here compared to the Taylor’s or Fonseca. But Croft has a knack of filling out with bottle age and becomes both gentle and generous with the passing years. Tasted May 2013.
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Porto 8 94 (WA) HK$2,625.00
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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 awhile to allow it to acquire more complexity and more harmony, though. This is showing more promise than ever.
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Croft was founded over 300 years ago by Englishmen John Croft. It is the oldest and one of the most distinguished names in Port. In 2001 Croft was sold to the Fladgate Partnership, though they have retained their distinctive style and indentify. They are a regular favourite for lovers of vintage port.
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