At 07.10 this morning it was cool and overcast with some low lying grey cloud, but with no hint of rain. By 10:00 am the clouds had dispersed and the remainder of the day was clear and hot. This weather is perfect for fine tuning the maturation of the Touriga Franca still to come later next week.
This morning when I got to the winery at 07:15 it was slightly overcast with some low cloud and a cool breeze, which made me think the weather was about to change. However by 10:30 the cloud had disappeared and the sun was back for what turned out to be another warm day’s picking.
One rather nice thing about the Harvest season at Graham’s is that with all the entertaining of friends and professional contacts, the Symington family not only conduct many tastings of current wines, but often bring out some fabulous old and rare ports to serve at tastings or after dinners.
Graham’s Six Grapes is one of our iconic wines, a rich reserve ruby blended to mimic the intense fruit flavour profile of a very young vintage port. As well it should, since its component parts are the wines that were left after blending our Vintages.
Das Video zum Wochenende, schon heute, da ich gleich bis Sonntag an den Genfer See zu meinem Sohn fahre.
Ich wünsche allen meinen Lesern ein schönes Wochenende - und bitte jedes Wort von Charlie Chaplin hören!
The video we made some months ago, “How to make Port Wine” was shorted and is finalist on Wine Spectator video contest. First, Wine Spectator asked for submissions; then, they selected nine videos for the big final, and now is the time for the public to elect the winner. I don’t really know how close or far are we of winning this competition. All I know is that I really need your help to make it to the first place.
Early this morning Charles Symington made a thorough survey of the vineyards at Quinta dos Malvedos. With the winery due to open tomorrow, he is fine tuning the picking order for the next couple days, as well as continuing to monitor all the grapes, even those likely to be picked last.
Since mid August Graham’s has been conducting maturation studies to monitor the final ripening of the grapes, and these studies continue throughout the harvest period. Our decisions about what to pick and when to pick it are based on a combination of lab analysis of grape samples and the personal assessment of Charles Symington and our team of viticulturists and wine makers as they visit the vineyards and taste the grapes themselves.
As planned, Graham’s have begun picking today at Quinta do Vale de Malhadas in the Douro Superior, but just a few select parcels of Tinta Barroca near the river. The pickers are carefully selecting the best grapes, cutting and leaving on the ground any that don’t meet our quality standards.
Graham’s blogger has re-located to Quinta do Tua. Although the Malvedos winery is not due to open nor will picking begin until the 15th, I decided to come up a little early to pursue a few stories, notably the making of our White Ports which has already started. As I was coming up on the train Miles called and invited me to join him for “some wild vineyard action” on Friday, so … stay tuned for that!
Zum Weiterlesen auf den Link klicken. Vor 6 Jahren wollte ich zusammen mit Burkhard Hupe genau diese Tour machen. Siehe Blog-Beitrag vom 22.4.2005. Leider mußten wir die geplante Tour im letzten Moment absagen. Wenn ich die Bilder jetzt sehe, tut es mir noch mehr Leid.
A Quinta do Judeu foi sempre conhecida no Douro pela existência de uma estátua de um judeu romano no seu telhado...diziam os antigos que "todas as noites ele descia do seu pedestal e, sob o olhar da lua, passeava pela vinha admirando a sua beleza". É claro que nenhum de nós acredita muito nessa lenda, mas não vá ele se ofender, também não duvidamos com muita força...Este blog pretende retratar como seria a sua visão do dia-a-dia da Quinta do Judeu.