Colour: Bright Ruby
Aroma: Intense youthful nose with a distinctive fruity character reminiscent of wild cherries.
Palate: On the palate is well balance, with intense fruit and good length. Drink it slightly chilled as an aperitif or at room temperature with a dessert.
Grape Varieties: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca predominate among the traditional grape varieties of the Demarcated Region of the Douro Valley.
Aging: 2 to 3 years, aged in large oak wooden vats.
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).