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Press releases and news bulletins

Post by AHB » 12:21 Thu 21 May 2015

From time to time we receive press releases and news bulletins from producers and their representatives and these tend to get scattered throughout the forums. I thought it would be easier for future reference if these were given their own thread especially if, as I hope, we will start to receive more of these directly in the future.
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Re: Press releases and news bulletins

Post by PhilW » 12:22 Thu 21 May 2015

If so, perhaps this would be worthy of a separate sub-forum, rather than just a thread?
It would also provide more visibility per press item, which might be appreciated by the producers.

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Post by AHB » 12:31 Thu 21 May 2015

In an email dated 20 May 2015 Viera de Sousa wrote:Viera de Sousa is proud to announce the following wines were awarded medals by the Decanter International Wine Challenge.
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Post by AHB » 16:44 Thu 21 May 2015

On May 6 2015 Quinta do Noval wrote:Press release – May 6, 2015
Quinta do Noval Declares 2013 Vintage Port
Quinta do Noval has announced a declaration of a very small quantity of 2013 Vintage Port.
Managing Director Christian Seely explains:
“2013 was marked by a sunny and dry growing season. By the beginning of the harvest the quality potential was outstanding. Periods of rain during the harvest meant that much of this potential was not fully achieved, but some wonderful lots of wine were made in the early part of the harvest.
Quinta do Noval has consistently followed a policy in recent years of declaring a Vintage Port, even of very small volume, if even a tiny proportion of the harvest has the quality and style of a Quinta do Noval Vintage Port. In the tasting room we found certain lots irresistibly delicious, and so decided to make this very small blend of Quinta do Noval Vintage Port. Total production was less than 1,200 cases, representing less than 3% of the production of Noval’s 143 hectare quinta.
The style of the wine is elegant, pure, aromatic, perfectly harmonious and typical of the Quinta do Noval Vintage style. Because we are certain that this wine will have an honourable place in the stellar line-up of Vintage Ports from Quinta do Noval in recent years, we had no hesitation in declaring it as Quinta do Noval Vintage Port 2013."











QUINTA DO NOVAL
2013 VINTAGE


Historical: Quinta do Noval lies in the Douro valley in Northern Portugal where great Port has been produced since 1715. Noval is unique among the great traditional Port houses in its emphasis on the importance of the vineyard. It is significant that the company is named after its vineyard, that it is entirely based in the Douro valley, that its principal Vintage Ports, Quinta do Noval Nacional and Quinta do Noval are both single vineyards wines. The aim is to produce great classic Vintage Ports, which are harmonious, and elegant expressions of the terroir of Quinta do Noval. At Noval, the vineyard is at the heart of everything we do.

Definition: This wine is produced exclusively from selected plots on the Quinta and trodden by foot in our lagares and is only declared when various factors combine to make an exceptional year. Elegant pure and aromatic, this wine is adapted to age in bottle, developing over years, releasing a complex variety of flavours.

Vineyard Location: The wine was made entirely from grapes of QUINTA do NOVAL - Vale de Mendiz - Pinhão - in the heart of the Douro Valley.

Barrel Time: 18 months in wooden barrels in the air-conditioned cellars of the Quinta, at the demarcated region of the Douro Valley before bottling.

Vintage Conditions: In 2013 the winter was extremely wet, and rain continued to fall heavily until April 2013. This was beneficial because it restored the soils water reserves, which were very low after 2 dry years. Then a cool and wet spring preceded a dry hot summer, with virtually no rain. These climatic conditions conditioned the evolution of the vegetative cycle, resulting into a low production year and delaying ripening in the vineyards by 10 days. Rainfall occurred on September 5, although a little late, gave us new courage. So we decided to wait a few days. The grapes improved significantly and we started on September 10th, with grapes in perfect health and maturation that produced musts of extremely high quality. The wines that make up our 2013 Vintage Port were made from grapes harvested in this initial period.

Subsequently it rained between September 27 and October 3, which increased the moisture content to 80 or 90%, leading to favourable conditions for the emergence of botrytis, so we had to accelerate the pace of the harvest to bring the grapes in in healthy condition. Good wines were made in this latter period, but the outstanding lots were produced in the earlier part of the harvest.

Vinification: Grapes were trodden by foot to obtain the must, then during fermentation macerate to obtain the best possible extraction in the lagares, the traditional stone vats from the Quinta.

Analysis: Alcohol 19,5 % vol
Residual Sugar 94,00 g/dm3
Total Acid 4,10 g/dm3
Ph 3,76


Tasting Notes: Lovely dark purple colour, seductive Douro wild flower aromas and purity of fruit make this fine and delicate Vintage 2013 a typical example of the Noval expression.
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Post by jdaw1 » 20:29 Thu 21 May 2015

PhilW’s suggestion is in a thread entitled Press releases: separate sub-forum?

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