Quinta do Noval Declares 2018
Quinta do Noval has declared 2018 as a Vintage.
This comes on the heels of 2017.
‘It will perhaps come as no surprise that we are declaring the Quinta do Noval 2018 Vintage Port.
Like 2017, 2018 was a year of low yields, but for different reasons. 2017 was a year of extreme drought, while 2018 was marked in the first part of the year by heavy rainfall. This meant that potential yields were naturally much reduced by the difficulties of the flowering period,’ informed Managing Director Christian Seely.
‘Subsequently however, a long hot dry summer ensued. Water levels in the soil had been replenished, and the result of this excellent ripening period on a low yield is evident in the 2018 Vintage Port, which is magnificently ripe, profound and expressive,’ Seely continued.
‘Quinta do Noval 2018 Vintage Port is magnificently ripe, profound and expressive,’ Managing Director Christian Seely photographed at Chateau Pichon Baron, where he keeps his office as CEO of AXA Millesimes, proprietor of Noval.
Only 1,600 Cases
Production of Noval 2018 is 1,600 cases. This represents just 7% of the quinta’s production. Apart from the low yield, another reason for the small production has to do with the very strict selection at the Douro estate. Quinta do Noval 2018 is dominated by Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesa, which flourished in 2018. There is also Tinto Cao and Sousao.
Christian Seely offers the following tasting notes of the vintage.
“The wine is wonderfully ripe, full and exuberant, spicy on the nose, with very fine long tannins and a classic Noval purity and elegance”.