Quinta do Noval Vintage Ports
In exceptional years certain lots of wine with great ageing potential are set aside to spend their lives maturing in casks, these are the Colheitas. At Noval, Colheitas are released after no less than 12 years of ageing.
Nacional port is made from hand harvested grapes grown at the heart of the Quinta do Noval vineyard on ungrafted vines, untouched by phylloxera. The word “Nacional” refers to the fact that the vines are Portuguese vines growing in Portuguese soil with no foreign root stock, and are therefore “attached to the soil of the Nation”.
The grapes for Noval vintage ports are solely harvested from Quinta do Noval, Pinhao. The 2012 vintage was characterised by an extremely dry and cold winter, followed by a wet spring and dry summer. The resulting harvest started a week later than normal, giving small but perfect berries which produced flavourful musts, full of freshness and great acidity.
During the 2013 vintage the winter was extremely wet, with heavy rain until April 2013. This restored the soils water reserves, which were very low after 2 dry years. A cool and wet spring followed by a dry hot summer resulted in a low production year of spectacular quality. The 2013 vintage shows tempting Douro wild flower aromas and purity of fruit.