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Vintage Nacional is made with grapes from some of the most precious plots at the heart of Quinta do Noval’s vineyard. The legendary two-hectare Nacional plots with ungrafted vines rooted in the soil of the Nation” were planted in 1925. These terraced plots contain old, phylloxera-resistant vines which produce an exceptional quality of grape and are tended using only environmentally safe methods. The tracts of thick green grass which stretch between the rows of vines provide a natural means of fighting pest plants. Every precaution is taken to protect these vines and their invaluable natural qualities. They are tended manually in total harmony with nature and tradition. Powerful, sure footed horses are also used instead of tractors, which would be impossible to manoeuvre on these steep plots. This precious terroir makes an undeniable contribution to Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional’s international reputation. With a very limited production (just 200 cases of the 2004 Vintage), this is one of the world’s most sought-after Ports.
Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional develops at its own pace. After bottling it continues to progress and the benefits of time have revealed the full glory of this year. After several years in the bottle it has proved to live up to the standards of excellence which have made this such a renowned Port. A deep ruby red in colour. Aroma of blackberry, violet and liquorice on the nose. This powerful wine develops notes of ripe, concentrated fruit and delicate, harmonious tannins which burst onto the palate for a long, intense finish.
Store and Serve Advices:
Serve at cellar temperature (15/17°). Decantation is recommended to separate the sediment. This cellar wine will mature over the years and develop a complex variety of aromas. You can also enjoy it when young to taste the intensity of its fruit. It is best drunk 4 to 40 years after bottling. Drink within 48 hours after openning.
Particularly enjoyable with a dessert, with dark chocolate or cheese. Also on its own at the end of a meal.
Reviews and Awards:
. 99 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 19 points in Revista de Vinhos.
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