The sun is shining and there is not a cloud in the sky today. A cool north wind is blowing through the vineyards, drying out the vines. Having dipped last night to single figures, the thermometer is back in the low 20s. In short this is perfect harvest weather. The Touriga Nacional is still below 13 baumé so we will give it another few days to ripen before resuming the harvest on Tuesday.
So far or wines are looking good, the Syrah / Viognier and the Vinha Velha especially so. A Pedra e Alma year is in the offing, the last one being 2013. Our white is looking good too. Fermentation is nearly at an end we have a wine with an alcohol of just under 13% and a pH of 3.19 without any adjustment necessary. The plan is to stop it from going through malo-lactic and bottle it from tank next spring without any ageing in oak. I am quite excited by the prospect.
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