Quinta do Noval

Cedro do Noval Branco 2018

Douro Valley, Portugal


Named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates Quinta do Noval’s terrace, Cedro do Noval is an authentic expression of the Douro. It is made at Quinta do Noval using carefully selected grapes 100 % grown on the highest steeply terraced vineyards of Quinta do Noval, in the heart of the Douro Valley, in Northern Portugal.


Noval’s dry table wines are from specially selected parcels of new and mature vines around the spectacular estate, and blended from four classic port varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tintao Cão, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. True to its long history of continuous innovation, Noval has also been among the first to experiment with Rhone varieties in the Douro, with Syrah from estate plantings being blended into the Cedro do Noval.


Cedro do Noval is a blended wine using noble white grape varieties of the Douro Valley; the 2018 Vintage is compromised of 60% Viosinho and 40% Gouveio. The fermentation is done at 100% in French oak barrels, with 20 % of new barrels, for a period of 21 days. The wine does not undergo any malolactic fermentation, but is aged in French oak barrels, with 20% of new barrels, for about 6 months. Bâtonnage occured once a week for 3 months.

Tasting Note

“Cedro do Noval Branco 2018 presents a clear light golden color. The aroma is intense, fresh, slightly mineral with layers of fruit and floral notes. On the palate it is full and reveals all its freshness through a balanced acidity and a long aftertaste.” – Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director


After a dry winter, 2018 was marked by very cold temperatures and high rainfall until midsummer, and a hot, dry end of summer. Budbreak started late in good conditions. Following a long, summery period, high temperatures and water stress were optimum for the anthocyanic richness of the skins and ideal ripening of the grapes. Grape soundness was excellent at harvest time.

The harvest for white wines took place from 5 to 20 September in good weather conditions, with high temperatures and no rain. It produced high quality wines with good levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds. All the wines produced that year are essentially very good, even excellent. The whites are
fresh and fragrant.




Douro Valley, Portugal



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"Both intensity and freshness

Wine Advocate -

"The 2018 Cedro do Noval Branco is an equal blend of Viosinho and Gouveio partly (80%) aged for six months in French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. The wood is a little evident, but this won't show in the marketplace until next year, at which point, the wood should be better integrated—if not eviscerated by the acidity. This is a more aggressive and intense wine—a more serious one—than last year's, which was the debut vintage. This is a nice leap forward. It's not dense, but it has fine concentration for the level. More impressively, there's both intensity and freshness. We'll see what it looks like when it is released, but this has suddenly become fairly serious." 

Trade Materials

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Cedro do Noval

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Charm and accessibility in an authentically Douro style. Named after the emblematic cedar tree that dominates the terrace of Quinta do Noval, Cedro do Noval is an authentic expression of the Douro.