There was touch of autumn in the air this morning; dew on the car and heavy grey clouds over the Serra de S. Mamede. Thunderstorms are forecast for the north of Portugal but we should escape them. I taste through the ferments. Some of them are too warm and proceedingrather too rapidly but we have some very good Syrah fermenting slowly in a wooden balseiro and the old vine fruit looks more and more promising. The grapes are coming in dribs and drabs at the moment due to a shortage of pickers and we fill half a vat of Touriga Nacional with the rest to be picked on tomorrow.
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