A small area at the heart of the Quinta do Noval vineyard planted with ungrafted vines and untouched by phylloxera. The Nacional is a unique and extraordinary phenomenon. It does not necessarily follow the same rhythm as the rest of the Quinta do Noval. In some years a great Nacional is produced when Noval does not even declare the Quinta do Noval Vintage. In others, Quinta do Noval makes a great Vintage Port, and the Nacional does not perform.
Colour: Deep dark robe, violet reflections, opaque core.
Aroma: Black berry fruit with a smoky background, nuances of elderberry confit, delicate tangerine zest, complex bouquet.
Palate: Very complex, full-bodied and sweet, while remaining very elegant, fine play of dark chocolate and orange fruit, structured with finesse, mineral and persistent, has reliable further aging potential (+30yrs).
Grape Varieties: Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão, Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Tinta Roriz.
Aging: 18 months in wooden barrels in the air-conditioned cellars of the Quinta, at the demarcated region of the Douro Valley before bottling.
Awards: 96pts – Falstaff
History of Quinta do Noval
One of the oldest port houses, Quinta do Noval is also arguably the greatest. It is unique among top port houses in that most of the ports are made from estate-grown fruit and, notably, all of the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. In addition, it is difficult to elaborate on Quinta do Noval without mentioning Nacional, the legendary port made from a 6 acre parcel of ungrafted vines. When declared, only 200-300 cases of Nacional will be made, and instantly become the most sought after port in the world. Many vintages of Nacional are considered as the finest ports, and some of the finest wines, ever made.
Noval is mentioned in land registries going back to 1715, and has been sold just twice in that time, once in the late 19th century, and to its present owners in 1993. Noval has a reputation for being an innovative, independent producer and a pioneer in many aspects in winemaking. In the 1920s, Noval was the first to introduce stencilled bottles and pioneered the concept of Old Tawnies with an indication of age. In 1958, Noval was the first to introduce a late-bottled vintage (LBV).