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  • Country ranking ?

    66
  • Producer ranking ?

    19
  • Decanting time

    4h
  • When to drink

    now to 2030

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THE WINE OF A SINGLE HARVEST THAT HAS MATURED ITS WHOLE LIFE IN CASKS

The old Tawny Port for the lover of old Tawny Ports. Whereas our great 10, 20 and 40 year-old tawnies are blends, designed to maintain a consistent house style, a Colheita takes its personality from the year in which it was made. Each Colheita is distinctive yet at the same time strongly marked by the Quinta do Noval terroir. These are very rare Ports and some of the greatest of all Douro wines, produced in tiny quantities and undeservedly unrecognised. 

Quinta do Noval is one of the few Houses of Port renowned for both its Vintage and Colheita Ports.

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Wine Information

In exceptional years, certain lots of wine with great ageing potential are set aside to spend their lives maturing in casks. At a given stage, we decide to bottle a part of a vintage. The rest is kept in casks where the wine will mature into new expression at a later stage. Thus, one and the same Colheita vintage can be put onto the market on 3 or 4 occasions: after 15 years, 30 years or 40 years of maturing, and in some cases even longer.


WHERE THE GRAPES COME FROM
All grapes come from th vineyard e Quinta do Noval

VINIFICATION
Grapes from Quinta do Noval are trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation are pressed in lagares, the traditional stone vats from the Quinta.


MATURING
Legislation requires a minimum ageing period of 7 years in casks. At Quinta do Noval, Colheitas are commercialised after 10 to 12 years of maturing.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

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Tasting note

ending

Long, Lingering and Spicy

flavors

Vanilla and Smoky

nose

Intense, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

Complex and Harmonious

Written Notes

Quinta do Noval Colheita is produced from a single vintage,matured in cask for at least seven years and bottled on demand. It combines finesse and elegance with creamy, nutty characteristics and like vintage port will take on the style of the harvest year. Increasingly rare, these wines are the supreme expression of the old tawny ports. The wine is made entirely from grapes of Quinta do Noval nearPinhão, in the heart of the Douro Valley. Colheitas spend their entire life in barrel until the moment of bottling, which takes place only as and when an order is received. The grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in the traditional ‘lagares’ of the Quinta, where a disciplined and intense treading is essential for a good final result.
We had the privilege to enjoy this wine at Noval. The varietalcomposition is traditional withTouriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Francesa predominance. This wine demonstrated the charm and harmony of a great mature Colheita. Dry fruit, hazel nut and almond nose is expressive but smooth and fine. The palate has a silky texture and a complex range of subtle nuances: spices, vanilla, figs, burned wood… Persistent aftertaste and perfect harmony. In a perfect phase now but no hurry to drink up.

  • 93p

So here we have single vintage Tawny Port, kept in barrel until ready to sell, often only offered in years when the normal bottling doesn’t take place. The high alcohol here adds just a tantalizing lift to the timeless enticements of what is almost a cross between Port and Madeira – with the spice mixture of the first, and the depth and complexity of the second. Orange marmalade, cherries, cinnamon, Asian spices all swirl and bedevil you on the nose. There is such exciting acidity here, it bridged so brilliantly to the creaminess of the Stilton fondue. Chocolate, Seville oranges, jammy cherries dance a delighted palate jig. Full bodied, rich and spicy past the mid palate, a tinge of lemon, a touch of marzipan, layered, lacy and just exquisite. 98 Points+

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Origin

Porto, Douro

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Unsatisfactory

Investment potential

Below Average

Fake factory

None

Glass time

3h

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