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Quinta Noval Vintage Port 2014 750ml

Quinta Noval Vintage Port 2014 750ml

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A limited release, single estate wine drawn from finest vineyard parcels that excelled in 2014. It’s the traditional Noval blend of Touriga Nacional (roughly 50%), Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Tinta Francisca and Sousão, from Noval’s hillside vineyard on the slopes of the Douro’s Cavadinha tributary. The vines at Noval always give Ports of tremendous finesse and purity. Ports that can be treated as ‘wines’. The 2014 is a wonderfully layered, elegant and perfumed Noval – surprisingly supple now – yet with plenty of fine grained tannins ensuring longevity. It’s perhaps a more approachable wine thanNoval’s two other recent declarations (2012 & 2013), although its ability to improve over decades in the cellar is assured. As always, the grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in Noval’s granite lagares, with the temperature held at 28ºc. The wine was then matured for 18 months in old oak barrels of 640 litres. Alcohol: 19.5% vol. Residual Sugar: 101 g/L. - Importer Note

The most important thing to understand about Quinta do Noval is that, unlike the other famous names of the Port world, Noval is a single estate, a single vineyard. This immediately changes everything when it comes to the declaration of a vintage. The much larger Port houses need the region as a whole to have enjoyed superb vintage conditions in order to declare a harvest. This is firstly because they buy the vast majority of their fruit and therefore cannot control the viticulture (except at any Quintas that they own). Only with a grower's attention to detail in the vineyard and a strict selection, can a producer hope to outperform a vintage. Secondly, the large houses need to produce a minimum quantity if they declare a vintage under their main brand - in order to supply their significant markets. These two factors make it very difficult for a traditional Port shipper to declare a vintage in anything but an exceptional and even year. Things are different at Quinta do Noval. Firstly, controlling every aspect of their viticulture is an obvious advantage in challenging years and secondly, they have no issues in making a declaration even when the quantities are tiny, when only a small part of the vineyard, or even a few barrels, stand out as 'vintage quality'. Noval's philosophy is as refreshing as it is admirable and perfectly logical. If the quality is there, then it should be bottled! In 2014 there was some beautiful fruit harvested across the region early on, then the rain hit making things much more tricky. Novalmade a strict selection and has produced a small release of a magnificent wine. - Importer Note

Product Type Wine Fortified
Volume 750ml
Country Portugal
Region Douro River
Sub Region Porto
Winemaking Practices Conventional
Vineyard Practices Conventional