Produced in tiny quantities, from a single 2.5 hectare vineyard, of gnarly, old, ungrafted vines in the Estate, Quinta do Noval's Nacional is the most revered and most collectable Port of them all. This patch of vines consistently produces a sublime wine, which is widely considered to be the pinnacle of Vintage Port, indeed it is one of the great wines of the world. Only years of unqualified excellence and typicity are considered worthy of declaration (the most recent releases were 2000, 03 and '11). Not even the excellent 2007 vintage was declared on the grounds of not having the requisite Nacional 'stamp'. Vintage Ports are usually declared two years after harvest, so it came as a huge (but very welcome!) surprise when Christian Seely unveiled the 2004 Nacional, some seven years after bottling, to a London audience in September 2013. The wine has since become known as the 'secret Nacional', as few in the trade had any inkling that the Estate had produced a '04 Nacional. Clearly, Seely wanted to wait in order to be 100% sure that the wine was worthy of a Nacional release. Only 100 cases have been offered for the entire globe.
Again, Seely clarifies: "Quinta do Noval Vintage Nacional develops at its own pace. After bottling it continues to progress and the benefits of time have revealed the full glory of this  year. After several years in the bottle it has proved to live up to the standards of excellence which have made this such a renowned Port."
Of course, befitting one of the greatest and most elusive wines of the world, a bottle of Nacional doesn't come cheap. Nor should it. However, when you consider the 2011 is currently fetching $2500 in the UK market, the asking price for the 2004 pales in comparison.
We have a few bottles of this rare Vintage Port available.