Harvest is now underway. We were waiting for quite some time until having the feeling that grapes were in perfect conditions to be harvested. And finally we started harvesting the red grapes from our most important vineyard, Quinta Vale d’Agodinho.
The vintage (grape harvest) at the Graham’s Upper Douro Valley vineyards will commence early Monday morning, September 23rd. The harvest is quite late this year; normally we begin picking grapes at Malvedos and neighbouring Tua around mid-September. Last year we commenced harvesting at Tua on September 12th and just a few days later at Malvedos, so this year we are about 10 days behind schedule. Following three months of drought (not a single drop of rain fell during the whole of August), a heaven-sent 14mm of rain came down over Malvedos during the night of September 5th. Some initial reports had indicated 10mm, but we have since received confirmation that it was in fact 14mm of precipitation.
Congratulation - ich glaube Jamie Goode ist damit der erste internationale Wein-Blogger, der sich diesem Thema annimmt und Stellung bezieht. Ich hoffe, dass auch unter den Weinfreunden die Gefahr erkannt wird und wir darüber diskutieren, sonst wird uns vielleicht irgendwann auch der beste Wein nicht mehr schmecken......
The harvest of 2013 is revealing quite interesting. After several weeks with very little rain, the long showers we had last week-end changed a bit the expectations for this harvest. If until late August we could expect an average vintage (or even below), this rain, which helped vines and grapes to rehydrate, is rising the hopes for a good vintage.
Graham’s have recently released a series of aged Tawny Ports, which arrived here in small bottles packaged in an attractive box. Here are my notes on them. Aged tawnies (10 years and older) are just a small part of the market for Port (3%), but they are important wines, and I reckon that they are currently underappreciated. One of the advantages of these wines is that because they are made oxidatively, they can be kept for a long time, preferably in the fridge (I like my tawnies chilled, but many prefer them at room temperature), for an occasional treat.
O principal grupo de Vinho do Porto, a Symington Family Estates, vai construir uma nova adega e centro de visitas na Quinta do Bomfim, no Pinhão, num investimento estimado em 2,3 milhões de euros e que criará 20 novos postos de trabalho.
I took an early summer holiday last month, the second week of which was in the Douro. I really enjoyed finding out more about the history and culture of the region and can highly recommend a couple of museums.
So, in my initial round-up of 2011 Vintage Ports, I missed Quinta do Noval, and Noval’s Nacional, as well as Romaneira, which shares a connection (Christian Seely). My notes for all three are here. I’ve also included a video of me tasting the wonderful 2011 Nacional.
Late Bottled Vintage, or LBV, is the most popular premium Port style in both England and Canada, representing one in five purchases of Port in the UK and over a quarter of all Port enjoyed by Canadians.
The Fladgate Partnership, a Portugal-based owner of three port houses - Taylor’s Port, Croft Port and Fonseca Porto, has acquired port wine producer Wiese & Krohn of Portugal for an undisclosed amount.
I’m just back from Oporto where I attended the 2011 Vintage Port declaration. Everybody seems to agree 2011 is one of the best vintages in living memory. Comparisons to historical successes such as 1963 and 1970 were flowing and star winemaker Dirk Niepoort summed up the excitement saying 2011 “is likely the best vintage ever”.
Erste Bewertungen der 2011er Vintages lassen auf ein phantastisches Jahr und entsprechend herausragende Qualität schließen. Teilweise wurden 96 bis 100 Punkte gezogen! Noch sind die Vintage-Portweine nicht auf Flaschen gezogen, aber in diesen Tagen gibt es für die Liebhaber die Möglichkeit, den neuen Jahrgang zu günstigen Subskriptionspreisen zu erwerben. Noch in dieser Woche gibt es auch im Portwein-Shop die Möglichkeit der Subskription. Achtung: die Fristen sind recht kurz und laufen teilweise schon am 12. Juli ab!