With vintage well under way we now have the young Aragonez in tank and most of our old vine Trincadeira and Arragonez in lagar. The young vine fruit has reached 14.5 baumé and tastes ripe if a bit stretched. A 10% saignée will help concentrate the old vine fruit a bit more. Today has been hot and sticky, abafado in local parlance, a sure sign that the weather is on the change. We tracked a small whirlwind through the middle of the vines this afternoon. The rain forecast for the middle of the week has evaporated but it some high cloud is gathering and I fully expect a thunder shower or two before temperatures fall as predicted to the low twenties by the end of the week.
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