Very powerful and structured, it is outstanding for its finesse, a delicate character typical of the Quinta do Noval style. It is derived from a strict selection of the best batches of the Quinta's various indigenous grape varieties. This wine is delicious when young and ages well in the cellar.
An authentic wine from the Douro Valley.
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.
Dark, dense and opaque in colour. Intense fruit of blueberries and raspberries, bread dough, pastry and spices. It reveals mineral hints, with well integrated barrel notes of dark chocolate. Very good tannins and finesse.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
80 % Touriga Nacional, 20 % Touriga Franca, from Quinta do Noval's vineyard.
This wine is fermented in stainless steel vats for a period of 15 days, where it then undergoes malolactic fermentation.
The wine is 100 % aged in wooden barrels for 12 months, with 35 % in new French oak barrels.
Alcohol: 14 %
Residual sugar: 0.6g/dm³
Total acidity: 5.3g/dm³