“Croft Pink is a new style of port wine that was developed by winemaker David Guimarens in 2008. The category, which has been termed pink porto or rosé port, is a pink colored port wine that is smooth, crisp and expresses an intensely fruity style. It was the first rose port ever produced.
Croft is the oldest port house still operating in Portugal. Its history dates back to 1588. Today it is part of the Taylor-Fladgate Partnership, one of Portugal’s leading port producers.
Croft pink is produced from a mix of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cao, Touriga Franca and Tinta Amarela. These are the same varieties that used in Croft’s traditional ports.
The light pink color is achieved by leaving the juice on the skins for a maximum of 12 hours. The lightly colored pink juice is then drawn off and subjected to a 7-day cool fermentation. The production process mimics the treatment of a non-wooded white wine and is designed to capture the rich fruit flavors of port without the powerful, astringent, tannic character typical of Douro grapes.
Like traditional port, the wine is fortified with grape neutral spirits to an ABV of 19.5%. The alcohol is added prior to the completion of the fermentation in order to preserve some of the grape’s natural sugars.” Forbes Magazine