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Vintage Report 2016

2016 vintage was marked by atypical weather. A warm and dry winter preceded a cold, wet spring. Summer was hot and dry, allowing for undisturbed ripening. Click on the link to read the full report.

The 2015/2016 season was marked by atypical weather. A warm and dry winter preceded a cold spring with isolated rain events. Budburst arrived on time in early March but the following phenological developments were delayed by about two weeks relative to last year’s growing season. A significant rain event in May led to elevated risk of fungal disease but our vineyard team were on their toes and managed to avoid any major loses. Summer was hot and dry, allowing for undisturbed ripening.

Vintage kicked off in late August with Aragonez and Merlot for Rosé. The harvest lasted one and a half months from start to finish, slightly more compressed than normal which meant long busy days in the cellar.

Fruit from our vineyards on the Alentejan Atlantic coast is showing tremendous potential, including Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Alvarinho, Loureiro, Arinto and Chardonnay, correlating with the increasing maturity of the vines. Further inland, at our vineyards at Cortes de Cima, Syrah, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional are looking particularly exciting.

All in all, a year marked by unusual weather which seemed to have a greater impact on our inland vineyards than the ones near the coast.