The vintage is not yet complete. The pickers have gone but we still have some Cabernet Sauvignon left to harvest. The quantities are minute this year (tiny bunches and tiny berries) but four of us assemble at 7.00am and spend the best part of a morning picking. Everyone in the wine trade should pick grapes at least once in their life (this is my fifth time). It is back breaking and very tedious. Once the grapes are back at the adega they are foot trodden in the lagar. They don't look very promising despite all our hard work. The Touriga Nacional on the otherhand, picked at the end of last week, is looking very good. A promising first crop: 13.5 baumé with good colour.
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