Croft Vintage Port 1994

Croft Vintage Port 1994

Notes on Viticultural Year and Harvest
 
The winter of 1993-1994 was extremely wet throughout the region. As a result, most vineyards experienced a very low yield, with production down as much as 75% in relation to the average in some areas of the Douro.
 
In spite of the poor start, the growing season was satisfactory, with dry warm weather broken only by a few short periods of rain. In contrast to the preceding three years, there were no periods of very intense summer heat in the summer – the temperature never exceeded 38ºc – and this, combined with well-timed rainfall, has resulted in an evenly-ripened crop, producing musts rich in sugar, anthocyanins and aroma.
Tasting Note
Deep, opaque black/garnet core. The nose has much more definition and vigour than the ’91 with sweet ripe black cherries, bilberry and violets. Very lifted and lively. The palate is sweet, ripe and elegant with a lovely poise and tension, certainly the best Croft since the ’66. Very ripe tannins with black cherries, bilberry, cassis and a minerally quality coming through towards the finish. A return to form, a lovely Croft with a coquettish quality.
 
  • James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 1998 - 96 points
"Perhaps equal to the legendary 1945. The essence of raspberries and black fruit. Full body and medium-sweet, boasting loads of fruit and a chewy, tannic finish.”