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. These tightly packed bunches rot from the middle and the entire crop can be ruined within a day or two. We were going to start by picking the young Aragonez (which has already reached 15 baumé) but reschedule our picking for Tuesday next week with the Trincadeira.
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