Quinta do Noval

Colheita 2005

Douro Valley

Colheita is a Vintage Tawny Port. Whereas Tawnies with an indication of age show the House style, Vintage Tawnies show the personality of the vintage year. Colheita spends its entire life in barrel until the moment of bottling. On the nose they are fresh, powerful and fruit-forward with balanced acidity. On the palate they have a nutty, oxidized character with a seductively smooth finish.

VINEYARD

The wine is produced exclusively from selected plots at the Quinta, from a blend of Touriga nacional (30%), Tinta Barroca (20%), Touriga Franca (20%), Tinta Roriz (20%) and a blend (10%). The fruit from the estate is at its prime.

WINEMAKING

Grapes from the Quinta do Noval vineyard are trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation are pressed in lagares, the traditional stone vats. 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.

VINTAGE

The growing season was warm and dry leading to an early harvest. The harvesting weather was perfect. The grapes ripened evenly, producing balanced and powerful wine.

TASTING NOTE

Colheita 2005 has a complex nose that combines nuttiness with elegant fruit. It has a silky texture with a soft tannic backbone. Some exotic flavours and caramel on the palate provide a lingering finish. This excelent Colheita Port offers a full, sweet, rich and smooth taste that lingers for a long time. Enjoy this Colheita Port with cheeses and almond tart.

Color

Red

Appellation

Douro Valley

Suggested Retail Price

$80

Reviews

"Surprisingly complex"

Wine Advocate - The 2005 Colheita Tawny Port is a typical field blend of grapes like Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Sousão and Tinta Roriz, bottled in 2019 with 117 grams of sugar, 21% alcohol and a long cork. A dry and pointed Colheita, this shows a little brandy to go with its focused and penetrating finish. Surprisingly complex for a young Tawny, showing dried caramel and fig nuances, it is also remarkably gripping. Overall, this is super for a young Colheita. Noval is known for Colheitas and rightly so. These age well, barring a cork failure, but that's not really the point. The end-date drinking window is just a placeholder. Also, don't drink Tawnies too warm.

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