It is nearly two months since we had any rain but, as always in Portugal, when it starts to rain it rains buckets and never stops. Today it is blowing a fierce gale as well and the roof of Faro Airport was blown off this morning. This deep Atlantic depression is about a month later than nornal and September has been the hottest month of the year. It has been a remarkable vintage. Apart from those picking grapes in August, the whole of Portugal has managed to complete the harvest without being interrupted by rain.
My Vineyard Blog October 2011
We held our adiafa here at the winery last night. This is the traditional meal to mark the end of vintage. I drank some of the Duas Pedras 2010 which we had opened for UK wine writer Julia Harding MW who had visited earlier in the day. Despite being in bottle for just over a week it is already showing really well. My initial fear that it would be too different from the 2009 is unfounded as it is full of soft, ripe fruit with just a touch more oak to give it structure. Although this is noticeable on the nose at the moment it shouldn’t take long to integrate.
With the last two ferments slowing down, I spend an hour or so tasting through the 2011 vintage. I am excited by the vinha velha this year; deep and dense with broad ripe tannins. The Syrah / Touriga destined to make Duas Pedras also looks very good indeed. If Syrah performs this well here on a regular basis I am inclined to plant some more. The Aragonez from the young vines (planted in 2006) is also quite promising; fresh, fruit-driven and showing some structure.