The Prospects for Vintage

We have had a summer without extremes and after a burst of heat at the end of August, everything is looking good in the vineyard. Today we conducted our first controlo da maturação which shows that everything is ripening well. We have a range of baumés from 14 degress for the early ripening Syrah and Viognier down to 9.7 for the Alicante Bouschet. But it is all in the tasting and Rui is going to go through the vineyard, sampling the grapes for their ripeness. I have to be in London for an important awards ceremony on 9th and it looks as though this will be the start of vintage for us. 

Scoring

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