With spring in the air we are looking to bottle new vintages of our wine before the onset of the summer heat. Pedra Basta 2010 is coming to an end and will be replaced by the 2011, a warmer, altogether riper year which has produced a soft, structured red. I am almost sorry to see the back of the 2010 which, although a weaker vintage, produced a lovely fruit-driven wine. Talking to a fellow producer at the Douro tasting in London this week, he agreed with me that 2010 was not the basket case that we thought at the time and that it produced some good fresh flavoured wines. The 2013 vintage started off really well, but like 2014 it ended in torrential rain. Syrah / Viognier are the first grapes on the property to ripen and consequently produced a lovely wine in 2013: ripe and spicy, verging on aromatic, with well-defined fine grained tannins and the freshness on the finish which is our hallmark. This wine is so good that we are bottling it separately and releasing a limited quantity in the UK and Portugal later in the year. With the last of our Duas Pedras 2012 having been shipped to New York, we are moving on to the 2013. This is a lovely fresh, sappy wine at this stage, perhaps a bit lighter than the 2012 but it should prove to be a lovely red for the summer months.
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