QUINTA DO NOVAL COLHEITA
THE WINE OF A SINGLE HARVEST THAT HAS MATURED 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.
- Read in the press
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1997
18 pts - Nice balance. Quite delicate - The World of Fine Wine JR, 2012
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1995
92 pts - Wine Spectator KM, 30/06/2011
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1976
96 pts - eRobertParker.comMS, 11/2012
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1971
92 pts - Wine advocateRP
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1964
91 pts - 'Very fine' - erobertParker/Wine JournalNM, 07/2008
- Quinta do Noval Colheita 1937
92 pts - 'superb … a thrill to drink. ' - Wine Advocate, RP, 10/1996
- Enjoy it
A very important distinctive feature of our old tawnies …
PRODUCING A VINTAGE OLD TAWNY
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 the vineyard of Quinta do Noval.
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.
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.