2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml

2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml

The Noval has one of the most expressive noses of all. Orange blossom, plum and mocha. The palate is likewise a full-throttle affair, with ripe fruit salad, a melange of spices and a dynamic savoury umami component. This is fresh, lively, pure and generous. The gliding finish is supple and effortless. It will delight for a good 2-3 decades. In a word, wow!

Availability: 1-2 weeks

Case size: 6 / Bottle size: 750ml

Duty Status
From £295.00

Critics Score: 97

Publication: Mark Squires, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2030-2075

The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend, mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Sousão, aged for 18 months in old wood vats. It comes in with 99 grams of residual sugar. This was bottled in May 2019, about a month before tasting, but I made sure at least some of it had a lot of air. Aromatic, wonderfully fragrant and laced with eucalyptus, this then shows typical Noval focus and power. A couple of hours in a glass simply increased the power. More intense than the very fine 2016, it grips the palate and shows rather significant astringency. As wonderfully aromatic as this is, there the 2016 might have the edge. Too closed and muscular once past the aromatics, this rather dry Port needs some time. It is harder to read than the 2016 was, but this should overtake it in time. Have some patience with this one.
2017 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port, 6x750ml