The launch of the Croft 430th Anniversary celebrates the house’s establishment in 1588 and the rich history of the oldest port company in operation. To commemorate the event, the company decided to produce a limited edition port, the Croft 430th Anniversary Celebration Edition. The labels bear the re-creation of the work ”Shipwreck of the Spanish Armada in 1588” by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken, which is part of the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The wine, exclusively created for this anniversary edition, is explained by the Oenology Director, David Guimaraens: ”Croft is known for its Vintage Ports with pungent fruit aromas and silky tannins. This is a superb Ruby Reserve Port, displaying all its fruity character, characteristic of the company’s distinctive style. ”
Croft 430th Anniversary is ready to be consumed. It is recommended that it be served at a temperature between 12ºC and 16ºC. It is perfect with a good cheese, especially a good cheddar cheese. It is also delicious with dark chocolate and wild berry desserts.
The merchant company that we know today as Croft was founded in 1588, during Elizabeth I’s reign, by Henry Thompson of York, England. Today, Croft is a part of the Fladgate Partnership, three of the most historic and highly regarded Porto houses, including Taylor Fladgate, Fonseca and Croft—a family-owned company that sets the standard to which other Port houses aspire.