Monday 27th March – Frost and Snow​

For the first time in 12 years we had a spring frost at Quinta do Centro. On 23rd and 25th the frost caught the vines at the bottom of the valley. It is too early to assess the damage but it seems as though some of the Touriga, the old vines and the Syrah – Viognier may have been harmed. There was a scattering of snow on the Serra de São Mamede and it snowed in the Douro.    

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