Porto Cruz, Malaga
The color of the wine - dark red.
The wine has a seductive taste, shows excellent balance of sweetness and light bitterness that first enriches the flavor palette of warm, then develops into a stable aftertaste with notes of raisins, prunes, nuts and sweet spices.
The wine has rich, seductive aroma with hints of nutmeg, coffee and cocoa in the background notes of dried fruits. Caramel accents and finishing touches make a bunch of raisins intriguing and memorable.
The wine can be served as an appetizer or as a supplement to the nuts, and chocolate desserts. It is also customary to add wine to the black tea.
Porto Cruz, Malaga - sweet wine, traditionally made in the city of Malaga. It is famous fortified wines since the times of ancient Romans. Historians say that the wines from Malaga loved even the Russian Empress Catherine II, who introduced the fashion for this drink at the court. However, Malaga wine can be often found on secular receptions not only in Russia but also in almost all European countries, where it was particularly popular in aristocratic circles. In the XIX century Malaga, as the wine-growing region, has lost its popularity because of the epidemic that caused great damage to practically all the vineyards in its territory. Plus, in this period, more popular are dry wines. Only in the middle of the XX century, some wineries have decided to revive the tradition of sweet wines.
Cruise Port wine, Malaga is created from the varieties Pedro Ximenez, Muscadelle and Malvasia grown on the sunny slopes of Andalusia. Matured wine in oak barrels for three years. Its rich, seductive flavor and aroma makes it a good accompaniment for desserts. Also made use of wine as an aperitif.
The company Gran Cruz Porto, initially bearing the name Assuncao, was founded in 1887 by entrepreneurs who had a stock of old port. When the 1974 coup in Portugal, was stored in the cellars of about 4 million liters of aged port. In search of a safer place owners of the company moved to Brazil, where he began to think about selling their business, but because of the social instability in Portugal, no one dared to put money into it. In those, the current director of the company, M. Rocha Pinto, has entered the wine business circles of the elite, he was able to convince the owners of the French company La Martiniquaise buy a promising business for which, in turn, it was a good opportunity to become both an importer and exporter of port . Thus, the French company acquired a 95% equity Assuncao, and the remaining 5% bought Rocha Pinto, renaming the company in Gran Cruz.
Traditionally, the production of port wine harvest begins in September, and then squeeze the juice of grapes and fermented for two days, the wine rested in the winter and spring of port wine cellars wine merchants went to the opposite bank of the river Douro. Many years this road was overcome on special flat-bottomed sailing barges (boats "Rabelo"). As a tribute to the magnificent history of the company Gran Cruz revived this tradition, sail boats belonging to it are red and black.
Today Gran Cruz is one of the main producers of Port wine, sold in more than 30 countries. In the cellars of the company it is now an impressive stock of wine stored in more than 200 barrels, holds about 35 thousand. Liters of port. These drums were made by hand and each of them is unique. Age of the youngest vintage ports - 3 years, and some wines are aged for 10-30 years.