We filled our last vat with grapes yesterday, Syrah and Touriga Nacional for Duas Pedras, which came in a 14 baumé and pH 3,57. Ideal. This has been a near perfect harvest and I only wish that we could make more wine in a year like this. For those still picking, the weather is ideal with temperatures in the mid-20s, clear skies and a cool north wind blowing. It looks to stay that way for the next week at least. Last night we held our adiafa, a 'thank you' dinner given to those who have helped us with the harvest. Ten of us sat down on the terrace to eat a whole leitão (suckling pig) followed by chestnuts roasted on the fire accomanied by ginjinha (local cherry liqueur made by Joaquim Manuel who helps us in the vineyard). It seems to be rather early for chestnuts but with a cool breeze blowing over the terrace last night it felt like autumn.
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