(2011 Vintage) The winter preceding the 2011 harvest was cold and wet. The weather station at Croft’s Quinta da Roêda registered 496 mm of rainfall between 1st November and 31st March compared to a 30-year average of 358mm. The rain proved very beneficial, replenishing depleted ground water reserves and allowing a balanced ripening of the grapes during the hot dry summer which followed. Budburst occurred at the normal time towards the end of the third week of March and wet and relatively warm conditions in April encouraged vigorous growth. From early May conditions turned generally dry and remained so for most of the summer. Only 12 mm of rain fell at Roêda in the months of May, June and July compared to a 30-year average of 105 mm. In spite of the arid conditions the vines were able to draw water from the ground reserves providing ideal conditions for balanced ripening of the grapes. The hot dry weather in August was broken at the ideal moment by two spells of rainfall, on 21st August and 1st September, which rounded off the ripening season and produced a balanced and evenly mature crop.
Wine Advocate(2000 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 143 on Oct-02
Robert Parker(2011 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 06/20/2013
Wine Spectator(2011 Vintage) Rating: 97/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/15/2013
Wine Enthusiast(2011 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 11/01/2013