I met a regular reader of this blog the other day who said that I am forever talking about the weather. Well it's true, I do talk about the weather. Perhaps it is because I am English (we are always discussing our notoriously variable weather conditions) but also I suppose it is because I have become a farmer and the weather has a strong bearing on day-to-day life. So I make no excuses for mentioning the weather again. We have had our first summer heatwave with the temperature rising to 35oC last weekend. Fortunately the heat didn't last and I woke up to low cloud this morning with the thermometer down to 12oC. I walked round the vineyard this afternoon inspecting the vines. The flowering and berry set seem to have gone well. (Sadly the nascent crop in Rui Reguinga's vineyard nearby at Porto de Espada was completely destroyed by a hail storm - now you see the importance of the weather!) We have a touch of oidium in the Carvoeiro corner of the Trincadeira vineyard which could easily spread given the forecast for this weekend: thundery showers. This Saturday we have the inauguration of the adega so I am hoping for fine weather but not 35oC!
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty