An Experimental Start to Harvest

Despite the continuing drought, August has been relatively cool with very few days when the thermometer rose to 40oC.  The maturation of the grapes has been relatively slow and even and the early harvest that I predicted back in July is looking to be more like a normal, mid-September harvest for the reds. Today, with the sun shining and with temperatures in the high-20s we are picking white grapes. Apart from Viognier, I have no white grapes at Quinta do Centro but the old vineyards round about are interplanted with different varieties, both red and white. This year we have decided to make an experimental vat of white wine (a potential Pedra Basta Branco) from grapes grown high on the Serra. It will be a field blend, mostly made up of Fernão Pires, Arinto and Tamarez. More information to follow.

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