Quinta do Noval 2015 Vintage Port

75cl

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão. The grapes were trodden by foot in lagares to obtain the must, then during fermentation for extraction. Following the addition of spirit, the Port was matured for 18 months in wooden casks in the airconditioned cellars of the Quinta.

2015 was a truly excellent vintage but was quickly followed by the slightly more impressive 2016 vintage. As most Port producers have only declared for 2016 this leaves some bargains to be picked up from the 2015 harvest where Noval were one of just a handful of producers to declare a vintage for both. 

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Quinta do Noval 2015 Vintage Port

Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão. The grapes were trodden by foot in lagares to obtain the must, then during fermentation for extraction. Following the addition of spirit, the Port was matured for 18 months in wooden casks in the airconditioned cellars of the Quinta.

2015 was a truly excellent vintage but was quickly followed by the slightly more impressive 2016 vintage. As most Port producers have only declared for 2016 this leaves some bargains to be picked up from the 2015 harvest where Noval were one of just a handful of producers to declare a vintage for both. 

Fact Sheet
Additional Information Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2015 perfectly articulates the power and high quality of this vintage. It is more flamboyant, fuller and darker in hue and fruit profile than its predecessors (2012-2014), yet retains a lovely freshness and persistence. It reveals coal-edged fleshy black cherry, almondy cherry stone (almost a marzipan note on day 3), juicy blackberry, sweet raspberry and heady kirsch, with bitter chocolate nuances. Initially with violets, then pronounced citrus/orange blossom/bergamot, even a sweet cinnamon note – an exoticism which puts me in mind of Fonseca, though it is firmer and drier seeming than this famous Port (which was not declared in 2015). There is a subtle smokiness to the Noval’s ripe but voluminous swathe of sinewy tannins and terrific ‘dry’ minerality to the long, fresh finish. Plenty of poke and class. I really savoured every mouthful of this substantial but very drinkable Vintage Port. Residual sugar: 94 g/l, Alc. 19.5% thewinedetective.co.uk – June 30, 2017
Fluid 75cl
Alcohol % 19.5%
Vintage 2015
Harvest “The winter was cold and dry. Spring very hot, with five heat waves and heavy rainfall that replenished the water levels in the soil, allowing a good development of the vines and grapes. The summer was very hot and dry. The vines responded well to this hot and dry period thanks to the reserves of water in the soil, and at the end of an August that was cooler than average, the harvest presented itself beautifully. The harvest started on the 2nd of September with our ripest parcels, in glorious hot and sunny weather. However, a set of rains fell on the 13th to the 16th of September. 30% of the harvest had been brought in before these rains. With a favourable longer term weather forecast we stopped the harvest for a week, and then restarted on 24th of September with excellent weather and grapes in very healthy condition, improving every day, which allowed us to harvest our best plots at the right time. In this period, some exceptional ports were made. The red Ports were very promising from the moment grapes were crushed in the lagares, showing deep colour. The resulting Vintage Port, a strict selection of the very best wines of the year, representing just 9% of the harvest of Quinta do Noval, has a great aromatic intensity and purity of fruit. The nose has wild spicy black pepper notes, with great freshness and balance on the palate. There is an underlying strong tannic backbone. The wine is powerful deep and long and should develop into a classic Quinta do Noval Vintage Port.”
Awards and/or Press Quotes
James Suckling Exquisite aromas of blackberry, stone, violet and blueberry. Lead pencil too. Ink. Full body, chewy and linear with super polished yet intense tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Classic Noval character through a direct punch to the palate. This needs at least until 2022 to open but already excellent. 95 points.’

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