The thermometer onn my car reached 43oC this afternoon. Everything is tinder-dry and forest fires have been breaking out all over Portugal. There have been over 1,000 in the last week, including one here on the serra yesterday afternoon. We have some important visitors here this week, Kris Jeuris (our importer in Belgium) and Jo Locke MW (the buyer for the Wine Society in the UK). They will never believe me when I tell them that we have a realtively cool climate. Perhaps I should send them down to Granja-Amareleja on the other side of the River Guadiana where the temperature apparently reached 52oc earlier this month.
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