I may have spoken too soon. Torrential rain throughout Portugal as an early depression moves in from the Atlantic. The sugar readings in the vineyard are already quite high (over 15 baumé for the Syrah) so some rain before vintage is just what we need. Despite the high sugar readings Rui has been through the vineyard tasting the different grapes and says they are not yet ripe. This presents us with a dilemma. Trincadeira which accounts for around a third of our production starts to rot with the first sign of rain.
My Vineyard Blog August 2011
We are heading for a very early harvest this year, largely due to the warm weather in the early spring. Picking should begin on Monday 5th September or possibly earlier still. At the moment it all looks very good in the vineyard. August has not been too hot and provided the weather holds into September we should have a sizable, good quality crop. It looks much the same in the Douro.