Heavy rainfall in the first part of 2018 and an excellent ripening period led to low yields and good concentration, which resulted in a 'magnificently ripe, profound and expressive' vintage, Christian Seely, managing director of Quinta do Noval said.
Seely explained that the 2018 vintage is dominated by Touriga Nacional and Touriga Francesa, which he said 'flourished' during the ripening season. It was the latter, however, that really benefited from the ideal conditions. The wine's blend also includes Tinto Cão and Sousão grapes.
Only 1,600 cases of the wine have been bottled, representing 7% of the Quinta's total production.
The Port is described as being 'wonderfully ripe, full and exuberant, spicy on the nose, with very fine long tannins and a classic Noval purity and elegance'.