Harmonious and balanced, fine, elegant and long, with all the aromatic complexity typical of Noval Tawny Ports.
Colour: The classic hue of Old Tawny port with golden glints.
Aroma: The elegant bouquet suggests dry fruit and almonds, which give it its original character.
Palate: On the palate, the elegant smoothness and high concentration herald a delectable and beautifully long finish.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão, Tinta Roriz
Aging: A blend of old Ports from different vintages, matured in oak casks and with an average age of 20 years.
Awards: 96pts – Decanter; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 91pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
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).