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Croft Pink PortIt’s pink and it’s a port – the world’s first Pink Port first released last year. The photograph really doesn’t do justce to the elegant design – a unique tapered bottle, classy label; an obvious gift purchase.

But is the stuff inside any good? Yeh, it’s fine. Rather nice in fact. Lighter in style than a traditional port it is sure to garner many a fan.


Red Wine Review/Tasting NoteWine Tasting Note: Croft Pink Port, NV, Douro, Portugal.
Stockist: Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, Costcutter Price: £9.99 [More on Adegga / Snooth]
Stonkingly gorgeous cherry colour. Raspberry fruit aromas and an attractive softness to the palate with notes of dried red fruits. A subtle hint of tannin and a surge of alcohol and weight reminds you that this is a port and not a simple pink wine. Not hugely complex but with a certain liveliness. Drink chilled. Alcohol 19.5%.

Scribblings Rating – 86/100 [3.25 out of 5]

First released early last year (2008) Croft’s Pink Port was applauded as ‘breaking the mold’ of the Port houses normal offerings. An obvious step you would have thought, especially during a period of increased sales of rose wines. Catavino discussed the wine at the time of its release; their conclusions on the wine itself were a bit flat (perhaps Croft have tweaked the wine since?) but were impressed by the innovation.

With red ports produced at around 20% alcohol, this new pink proved a challenge for winemaker David Guimaraens and his team at Croft from the outset. How to create a rosé style with a light, bright pink colour which is soft and approachable but with a crisp light finish? The solution was to use traditional red port grapes, extract a light amount of colour from the skins and produce a pink version using white port technology. The grapes were pressed before the juice was cold fermented for 7 days off their skins. This slow fermentation, which is twice as long as standard port, produced these fine berry flavours with the crispness required to produce a light, refreshing style.

2 Comments »

  1. I was excited to taste this wine last year, despite its simplicity, but am even more excited to head over to Essencia do Vinho tasting next month in Oporto and check out the dizzying array of new pink ports hitting the market!

  2. Andrew says:

    I thought a few might try something similar; looking forward immensely to your report.

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