Quinta do Noval Douro/Port
Today direction at Noval comes from Christian Seely of AXA-Millésimes (the corporate owner of CH. PICHON-LONGUEVILLE and other prestigious properties) while the wines are made by António Agrellos. But it got its start in modern times from António José da Silva, who first isolated the famous 2.5 ha of ungrafted vines that produce Nacional, the most sought-after of all ports. A port of great breadth, power and dimension, with a distinctive earthy, spicy dark plum character, it adds flesh and richness with age to become an often riveting port after 20, 30 or more years. Production from the low-yielding vines that average 35–40 years’ age is tiny (200–300 cases) and bottles are hard to secure. The regular Quinta do Noval Vintage (which benefits from Nacional fruit when that wine is not made) has been a very exciting port in recent vintages after a lean spell prior to the 90s. It, too, is structured but profound and very age worthy. Silval, though named after one of Noval’s own vineyards, is essentially a second selection but still a high-quality, medium-full style. Noval for a time made the ports from the excellent QUINTA DE RORIZ but the property is now owned by the Symingtons. Noval’s Late Bottled Vintage is in the traditional sediment-throwing style and is a fine, concentrated example, particularly in top vintages. There is also a fine range of aged tawnies and vintage-dated colheitas with dates ranging from 1987 back half a century. Other commercial styles are adequate if not more. Raven is a new, distinctly packaged Premium Ruby. A new vat room dedicated to making red table wine was completed in 2004 and Noval successfully released their first super premium red, Quinta do Noval in 2006. Cedro do Noval an elegant, very good value for money “second wine” is an unusual blend of traditional Douro varieties with Syrah. In 2010, Noval launched Labrador, an exciting 100% Syrah Vinho Regional Duriense with Douro gout de terroir.
To find out more about Quinta do Noval and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide Portugal..
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