The Last Day of Vintage

After a pause in vintage to bottle Duas Pedras 2010, we are picking our last grapes today. Baumés have risen sharply over the past week but the grapes from the deepest soils near the ribeira are fully ripe. Our last vat is a mix of Touriga Nacional, Aragonez and Trincadeira, the ‘tag end’ for want of a better word from three different vineyards. It is still warm, there has been absolutely no rain and the fruit looks quite good. The same healthy smell that has persisted all through the vintage pervades theadega.