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  • Country ranking ?

    146
  • Producer ranking ?

    45
  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    2020-2035

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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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Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinto Cão and Sousão from Quinta do Noval's own vineyards. The grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in the traditional lagares of the Quinta. Aged in barrel until bottling – this is the first bottling of the 2007, and Noval make a Colheita only in exceptional years. According to Quinta do Noval, 'The weather in 2007 was nicely balanced between rainfall in spring and slightly cool summer nights. It was an exceptional year with very specific characteristics. In particular, the winter rains that were abundant, followed by a relatively mild summer, with beautiful sunny days followed by cool nights, thus providing ideal conditions for optimal ripening of the grapes. Sugars came from slow ripening of the grapes. With the exception of two rainy days towards the end of September, the harvest took place in magnificent sunshine and the grapes were in perfect condition. Fermentations were slower than usual and easy to control.'


Deep tawny colour, still with a reasonable amount of red to it. Fabulous aroma of dried fruits, especially prunes in spirit (pruneaux d'Agen), walnuts, bitter-orange marmalade. I am not sure I would have picked out liquorice but it is clear once it has been pointed out to me, particularly noticeable on the palate. It is a touch spirity, but no more than you would expect of a wine of 21%. Rich, intense and mouth-filling, with great concentration and length. There's power but also lovely harmony between the sweetness and the freshness with lots of fruit at the core despite all the wood-aged developed flavours. In fact there is something woody here (as opposed to oaky). There's still some tannin here but it's smooth and compact rather than chewy, adding density to the energy. Immense persistence. (JH)

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Porto, Douro

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