'Noval's 2011 will be a bit like the others but better if you need to write something...' so Jancis Robinson was told helpfully by Christian Seely - MD of Quinta do Noval. He missed the boat of our initial Port Offer, by declaring his delicious 2011 a little later than the other houses. As such he also missed the early opportunity to get the press to taste it. We noted it well on its unveiling at the London Wine Trade Fair - Delicious intense nose of raisin and fig paste - leads into a lovely rich full feel in the mouth. Sweet, dense fruit - lovely damsons and crisp plums marked out beautifully with lovely, lifted elegance that keeps it very light on its feet and surprisingly easy - very good. L&S (May 2013)
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The 2011 Quinta do Noval has wonderful precision on the nose with blackberry, cassis, intriguing flinty notes and a whiff of smoke. It might not possess the power of the Naçional but it has freshness to spare. That comes through on the beautifully composed palate, which is underpinned by fine tannins that lend it a silky smooth mouthfeel. There is real intensity here, but it is very controlled with superb minerality on the finish. Excellent. Rating: 94-96 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2013)
According to Managing Director of Quinta do Noval, Christian Seely; Immediately after the foot treading in the lagares that September, we knew we were in the presence of what could be a great vintage year. The 2011 wines - many made from our replanted sites, now well into maturity - showed excellent aromas, with the true deep rich colour we look for in a wine with magnificent ageing potential. Over the past eighteen months the wines in cask have lived up to that expectation, and we are delighted , and proud, to make this declaration. Winemaker's notes (May 2013)
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