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.
Characteristics of the vintage
After a dry winter, 2018 was marked by very cold temperatures and high rainfall until mid-summer, and a hot, dry end of summer. Budbreak started late in good conditions.
Following a long, summery period, high temperatures and water stress were optimum for the anthocyanic richness of the skins and ideal ripening of the grapes.
Grape soundness was excellent at harvest time.
The harvest took place from 5 September to 13 October in good weather conditions, with high temperatures and no rain. It produced high quality wines with good levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds.
All the wines produced that year are essentially very good, even excellent.
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
60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Francesa, 15% field blend 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 aged in wooden barrels for 12 months, with 50% in new French oak barrels of 225 litres.
Residual sugar: 0.6g/dm³
Total acidity: 5.2g/dm³