There has been an unprecedented demand for grapes in Portalegre this year. Suddenly the region seems to be fashionable with producers from further south looking to the Serra de São Mamede for the essential freshness and definition so often lacking on the plains. This is good for local growers, many of whom have been badly let down by the local co-op which has been unable to pay its members on time. But it is not so good for Portalegre in the long-term as the grapes are often transported out of the area to be vinified.
My Vineyard Blog October 2015
Our 2013 Pedra e Alma has recently been bottled so I took the opportunity to drink a bottle at the weekend. Looking back at my notes from the 2013 vintage, it was a late harvest that began in searing heat and ended (in early October) in the rain. It was a successful year for Trincadeira and we picked the old vine fruit just before the weather broke at the end of September. On opening Pedra e Alma 2013 seems to be a rather solid, demure and unyielding wine.