After a burst of heat towards the end of June, July has been abnormally cool until this week when the thermometer has registered 30 degrees plus every day. At the start of the week there was a strong wind but today the air is still under a cloudless sky. In the relative cool of the early morning I take the opportunity to walk round the vineyard. Everything is quite forward and we have a sizable crop, although thankfully rather less than last year.
My Vineyard Blog July 2011
Today marks the launch of Duas Pedras, our new wine based on the vineyards planted in 2006. It represents the start of a new phase for our project and I am thrilled by the write up that the Wine Society have given it which I have reproduced in full below. We have given The Wine Society the UK exclusive for the first vintage of this wine, given that they have been stalwart supporters or ours from the start.
The pintor (‘painter’) has arrived early this year. Veraison is about ten days earlier than normal for no apparent reason. All the grapes have coloured up apart from Touriga Nacional which habitually the last. Anything can happen but as a rule of thumb fifty-five days elapse between the pintor and harvest. On this basis we should start to pick around 5th September.