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An Irresistible Vintage Port
22 June 2020

The team at Quinta do Noval are not shy when it comes to declaring vintages. Unusually for a great Port house they buck the trend of two or three declarations a decade, often deciding instead to bottle a more limited Vintage Port that represents the best qualities of a given year. 2018 continues their unbroken run of vintage declarations since 2011. A softer, more supple Port than we’ve seen for a few years, the ‘18 is a wine with very attractive, silky, ripe, perfumed and exotic fruit, coming after the more concentrated, classically-styled 2017. While 2017 has the potential to develop in to something truly legendary, 2018 is verily a drinkers Port that is already so charming and fruit-forward that it will be irresistible in just a few years’ time. There is of course no doubt as to its immense aging potential, but as Christian Seely, Managing Director of Quinta do Noval, said, “we have made huge strides in the Douro in terms of fruit selection and winemaking; these wines are now genuinely enjoyable young as well as old, and they do not need twenty years before they’re drinkable.”

Released at an 18% discount on the 2017 at just £270 IB per 6 bottles, it is very well priced for the quality. Moreover, with a production of 1,600 cases, the 2018 vintage bottling represents just 7% of the total production of the Quinta do Noval estate, such were the strict selection measures in place.

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