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No vintage wines declared or bottled from the year 1898

1898 Vintage

Not declared

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Stormy weather and hard rain in December of 1897 was followed by a promising start to 1898. Unfortunately by mid July George Warre noted "The long drought and great heat have parched everything except the vines, which on the whole look well though in places some fruit has been burned by the sun. Great want of water, well drying up never before known to fail."

There were a few days of rain and the start of harvest was postponed from the 19th to the 26th September to take advantage of this. "Weather throughout made to order."

Vinification

Fermentation slow and regular... Mostos (musts) average 13-15º.

Winemaker's Overview

The last ten days the vines have grown tremendously and are all more or less in flower, in some cases the grapes are formed. Very good show of blossom and vines healthy, prospects of a plentiful crop. After walking over the vineyards I am thoroughly satisfied with the appearance of the vines.
George A Warre
18 May 1898

On the whole the vintage has been a success and probably the quality will be quite satisfactory. The yield is at least 30% less than in 1897. The vinhos dos altos (wines from the higher quintas) are better than I ever remember and will make excellent bottling.
George A Warre
10 October 1898



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