Managing Director Christian Seely:
“Although we declared Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 2001 officially in 2003, we did not release the wine for sale at the time.
Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage is always a powerful concentrated wine, but in its youth the 2001 was extremely backward and quite closed up, dense and very tannic. Since we had just declared and released the 2000 Nacional Vintage, we decided to lay down the 250 cases of Nacional Vintage 2001 that were produced and keep them back for release at a later date.
All great Vintage Port wines retain their youthfulness for a long time, but with Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage this characteristic is exaggerated, so we have waited some years before releasing the 2001, which is still immensely youthful structured and powerful, but is now just beginning to reveal its enormous future potential. At this stage the nose has begun to open up, revealing magical floral and spicy notes which are a precursor of how the wine will taste in future years when it is fully mature. The tannins are harmonious, powerful and reserved, and there is complex concentrated fruit, with great freshness, thrilling to drink now, but with huge potential to develop by ageing in bottle in years to come.”