After a blast of 40 degree heat at the start of the month, the weather is now thankfully cooler. The vines have weathered well and it looks as though we will have a large crop this year, especially the Alicante Bouschet. We have just finished our monda(green harvest) with around one third of the Alicante cut to the ground. It would be much better if we could achieve an earlier equilibrium with these vines which consistently overporduce - this is something that I must look at for next year. The Trincadeira is showing rather too much vigour for my liking, the consequence of the wet winter. The barragem is still full but the grass between the vines which we have been mowing this year have now died back. We bottled Pedra Basta 2008 at the end of June and with three weeks in bottle it looks very good indeed: fresh, still marked by the oak but with the balance and finesse we are looking for, more so than the 2007. Almost all the 2007 has now sold so we expect to launch the 2008 in September / October.
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