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 the vintage Noval wines are from the single Quinta do Noval vineyard. 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, however, a reputation for being an innovative, independent producer. Noval is distinguished by dedicated focus to its vineyard and estate ports.
Noval 20 year old Tawny is a blend of old Ports from different vintages that have matured in oak casks, with an average age of 20 years. Irresistible freshness with all the complexity of age. Harmonious and balanced, fine, elegant and long, with all the aromatic complexity typical of Noval Tawny Ports. A few important points to make up front that set Noval apart: the wine is 100% estate, and 100% trodden by foot. There are other critical points to making the Noval 20 Year Old so exceptional, but the fact the fruit is of the highest possible quality and handled so gently is at the very core.
Farming: Sourced exclusively from the Quinta’s sustainably farmed, estate-grown fruit. In the early 1990s Quinta do Noval replanted the vineyards with higher quality varieties, the vines are now entering their prime of quality.
Variety: 55% Touriga Nacional, 25% Syrah, 15% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinto Cão
Fermentation: Fruit is trodden by foot in the lagares at Quinta do Noval, a traditional, costly and rare approach
Aging: Wines used for the blends have an average age of 20 years and were aged in old oak barrels of 640 liters
An elegant, delicate Tawny, with a full raft of dried white fruit, toffee, cream and butter flavors. The bright finish offers pear tart and spice notes, with suave, smoky overtones. Drink now. 100 cases imported. –KM - Wine Spectator Magazine 92 Points