The wine is a blend of Viosinho (65%) and Gouveio (35%) from the 2019 harvest grown on the steeply terraced vineyards of Quinta do Noval
‘At Quinta do Noval we planted out several hectares at the summit of the Quinta, at over 500 metres of altitude, with two of the noble white traditional varieties, Viosinho and Gouveio,’ explained Christian Seely, managing director of Quinta do Noval. ‘The blend gives a wine of depth [sic] character and personality, fresh, aromatic and mineral, showing the potential of Douro white varietals growing on the great vineyard terroir of Quinta do Noval.’
The Portuguese producer has been making the wine for some years, ‘but have so far been unable to release it outside Portugal as local demand has outstripped supply’, said Seely. ‘An increase in our planted surface of white varietals has now enabled us to allocate a small amount of the Cedro do Noval white for the UK market, and we are extremely happy to be able to propose this wine to UK consumers for the first time.’
The liquid undergoes fermentation in 80% used and 20% new French oak barrels for 23 days, however malolactic fermentation is inhibited. It’s then aged in French oak (once again, 20% of which is new) for about six months, with regular batonnage once a week for three months.
According to technical director Carlos Agrellos, the wine is ‘intense, fresh, slightly mineral with layers of fruit, floral notes and oak undertones. On the palate it is full and reveals all its freshness through a refreshing acidity and a long aftertaste’.
Cedro do Noval white will be featured in all episodes of The Wine Show’s third season, which is due to be released in mid-October.
For trade enquiries, contact Gonzalez Byass UK head of fine wines Ben Wyse on 01707 274 790