Intense and concentrated, with fine tannic structure, Touriga Nacional is distinguished by its delicacy, a characteristic of the Quinta do Noval style. It is the product of a strict selection from the best lots produced by our Quinta in any given year.
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.
This fine floral and peppery wine offers a nice balance and texture. Violet, cherry, minerality and spice flood the midpalate, with notes of dark chocolate on the finish. Extraordinary balance and poise.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
This wine is entirely made with Touriga Nacional, 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 10 days, where it then undergoes malolactic fermentation.
The wine is 100 % aged in wooden barrels for 10 months, with 35 % in new French oak barrels.
Alcohol: 14 %
Residual sugar: 0.6g/dm3
Total acidity: 5.2g/dm3