All hands required today to spruce up the quinta for the inauguration of the adegatomorrow. The main gate has been painted and looks very smart indeed. I spend most of the day weeding and clearing up litter from around the vineyard in the pouring rain. We already have a touch of oidium in the Trincadeira vineyard near Carvoeiro; the same place as last year due to the fact that my neighbour failed to treat his vines. By the end of the day I am thoroughly soaked but satisfied that the property looks at its best.
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