Petit Verdot is a great variety of strong individual personality and enormous quality potential. Best known for its presence in small proportion in the blends of the great wines of the Médoc. It needs sunshine and heat to ripen fully, and has adapted extremely well to the Douro to produce a varietal wine of exuberant character and individuality.
2017 was characterised by a cold, dry winter followed by an exceptionally hot and dry spring and summer. Apart from heavy rainfall (25 mm) on 6 July at Quinta do Noval, only 300 mm of rain fell since November 2016.
June was the hottest month since 1980, with temperatures reaching 42-44°C in the Douro Valley during a heat wave lasting from 7 to 24 June. Due to these extreme weather conditions, all phases of the vine's growth were 15 to 20 days early compared to 2016.
The vines weathered the shortage of water and the high temperatures well. At the end of August the harvest looked very promising, with excellent sanitary conditions.
Harvest started much earlier than usual due to the weather: from 17 August for the white wines and 21 August for the reds and the Ports, lasting until 28 September, with high temperatures and a total absence of rain.
Very dark colour that transmits power through the wine. The nose is very expressive with tight aromas of wild berries. On the palate, very good woody aromas backed by a strong tannic backbone. This wine will improve in bottle for many years.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
This wine is entirely made with Petit Verdot, from the Quinta do Noval vineyard in the heart of the Douro valley.
This wine is fermented in stainless steel vats for a period of 8 days, where it then undergoes malolactic fermentation.
The wine is 100 % aged in wooden barrels for 12 months, with 45 % in new French oak barrels.
Alcohol: 14.5 %
Residual sugar: 0.6g/dm³
Total acidity: 5g/dm³