A cool and wet spring preceded a dry hot summer, with virtually no rain. This weather conditioned the evolution of the vegetative cycle, resulting in a low production year and delaying ripening in the vineyards by 10 days.
We started picking on September 10th with grapes in perfect health and maturation that produced musts of extremely high quality.
Noval Late Bottled Vintage Port 2013 reveals a deep ruby color. It presents a very fine tannic structure with a solid backbone. The fruit is very elegant and pure. Wild black fruits and spicy notes dominate in this ready to drink LBV.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
Touriga Nacional; Touriga Franca; Tinta Roriz; Tinto Cão.
Grapes were trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation macerate to obtain the best possible extraction in the "lagares", the traditional stone vats from the Quinta. The fermentation lasted for 3 days.
The wine matured 4 years in large wooden barrels called Tonéis, instead of 2 years for a Classic Vintage. This explains its name, "Late Bottled Vintage". The wood that is used has over 30 years of age so that no wood flavours are transmitted to the wine.