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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1897:

1897 Vintage

Good ripe wines which promised well. A few shippers offered the 1897 as Vintage to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, but the trade had bought heavily in 1896 and did not need the 1897, which was unfortunate.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Heat in March brought on the vines very quickly, and flowering was in early May. Scorching heat in June continued into July, but after rain the 18-20th the "grapes improved greatly" according to George Warre. Unfortunately by September five months drought and drying winds from the east had reduced the crop, probably 30% less than 1896.

Vintage had already started at Senhora da Ribeira when GAW arrived on 20th September and though daytime temperatures continued hot, the nights became cooler and even cold.

Vinification

Fermentation is very slow.

Winemaker's Overview

Heat very great. Vines looking well. Grapes had suffered from the scorching heat in June. The grapes very forward and if a little rain would fall they would soon be ripe. Grapes colouring. Old Portuguese vines much affected by phylloxera.
George A Warre
7-9 July 1897

Tasted a number of samples of 1897 and found some tonels of fine wines, finer perhaps than in 1896 but they are few and far between.
James R Dow
18 December 1897



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