The heat is not letting up and we are already seeing some damage to the grapes, especially among the newly planted vines and the Trincadeira 2000, much of which is planted on relatively shallow soils. If the grapes start to raisinize the sugar levels rise rapidly which will make for unbalanced wines. It looks as though we are going to have to start picking along with everyone else at the start of September to save the crop from the heat. Only last week I wrote on an American Port website (The Love of Port - see links page on this site) that I am not convinced that global warming is real and that it is as much a product of Al Gore and media - with two hot summers in 2005 and 2006 and another this year it looks as though I shall be eating my words.
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