A unique vineyard terroir. Quinta do Noval Vintage Port is characterised by its purity of fruit and a fine and delicate quality that is typical of the wines of the property in general but which finds its most remarkable and enduring expression in the Vintage Ports.
Equilibrium, harmony, finesse and elegance characterise our great Vintage Ports, which are declared only in great years (3 or 4 years in a decade) and only when the wines come up to Noval’s exacting standards. Even then, the wines selected for the Quinta do Noval Vintage Port blend represent only a small proportion of our total production.
Colour: Deep dark ruby-purple
Aroma: A spicy and wild nose, with soft velvety black fruits, good freshness and balance.
Palate: Great elegance and great power. Full-bodied and fleshy with firm backbone of tannins and a long finish. Very seductive and perfectly delicious now, but will of course repay decades of bottle ageing and reveal its full potential over time.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca, Sousão
Aging: 18 months in old wooden casks in the air-conditioned cellars of the Quinta, at the demarcated region of the Douro Valley before bottling.
Awards: 96pts – James Suckling; 96pts – Wine Enthusiast; 91pts – 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).