Quinta do Noval Tawny Port Colheita 2007


“Deep tawny colour, still with a reasonable amount of red to it. Fabulous aroma of dried fruits, especially prunes in spirit (pruneaux d’Agen), walnuts, bitter-orange marmalade. I am not sure I would have picked out liquorice but it is clear once it has been pointed out to me, particularly noticeable on the palate… Rich, intense and mouth-filling, with great concentration and length. There’s power but also lovely harmony between the sweetness and the freshness with lots of fruit at the core despite all the wood-aged developed flavours. In fact there is something woody here (as opposed to oaky). There’s still some tannin here but it’s smooth and compact rather than chewy, adding density to the energy. Immense persistence.” 18/20 points JancisRobinson.com


The Portuguese word colheita means ‘harvest’. A Colheita Port must be from a single year and aged for a minimum of seven years in wood before bottling. In practice many are aged for considerably longer (as is the case at Noval) and so Colheita Ports can vary greatly in style.

Noval’s Colheita is only made in exceptional years, when certain lots of wine with great aging potential are set aside to be aged in cascos (old casks with a capacity of 640 litres). When Noval feels the wine is ready—usually after about 15 years—a portion is bottled for release. The rest of the stocks of will continue to age in barrel for bottlings in the future.

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