Quinta do Noval Vintage Ports
In exceptional years certain wines 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.
Quinta do Noval Colheita is a rare Port produced in small quantities. Each Colheita takes its personality from the Quinta do Noval terroir and from the vintage, which is aged in barrels until bottling. The Colheita 2005 has a complex nose that combines nuttiness with elegant fruit. It has a silky texture with a soft tannic backbone.
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.
2016 was a year of extremes: a warm winter with high rainfall. After a wet spring, summer was very hot and dry, with some peaks of heat in August and September. In spite of the unusual and extreme climatic conditions of the year, the end result is of an excellent quality. The 2016 Vintage is exceptional, with excellent structure, very intense bright fruit and aromatically very expressive.
The Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is characterised by its purity of fruit and fine, delicate quality that is typical of the wines of the property in general. The Vintage 2017 was characterised by a cold, dry winter followed by an exceptionally hot and dry spring and summer. It is matured for 18 months in wooden casks in the air- conditioned cellars of the Quinta, at the demarcated region of the Douro Valley before bottling.