The warm weather has continued with daytime temperatures in the low 40s at the start of the month, falling now to the mid-high 30s. We carried out our first pre-vintage analysis of the grapes today and found that the sugar levels were still surprisingly low (11 – 12.5 baumé) along with relatively low levels of acidity. The ‘young’ Trincadeira (planted in 2000 so it is not that young now) is looking very under ripe and we have a large crop this year. I pencil in 8th September for the start of vintage which is early, but I think it will be a movable feast.
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