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1960 Vintage

Very widely declared. Flavourful wines, mature but the best will have more to offer if well cellared.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Very severe and wet winter, but beautiful hot April weather brought the vines along well. Summer continued hot, and the harvest began generally early.

Picking started in intense heat at Zimbro on the 8th September, Bomfim on the 12th, Sra da Ribeira and the majority of quintas on the 19th, and Quinta das Lages on the 26th. Strong showers off and on from 15th to 17th September were “just perfect” to freshen the grapes for harvest, without stopping picking. On the 26th the weather broke and there were showers again, which occasionally held up picking, but the greater part of the vintage was complete by then.

Winemaker's Overview

The first lagar [at Zimbro] took a fair amount of work and the graduação (sugar reading) was 13° rising to 14°. The mosto (must) from the first lagar looked very good indeed, ripe, and with good colour but no burnt flavour. Very hot throughout the week and temperatures were higher than we like in the lagares. The grapes are looking wonderful and all points to excellent wines being made if the weather continues good for the next three weeks.

Ronald A Symington
12 September, 1960

The very much wanted rain came at last with good strong showers off and on from 15th – 17th September. This was of course excellent as it was just perfect for the majority of us whose general starting date was 19th but it even did good to those vintaging at the time as it was not too much to hold up the vintage and it brought the intense heat to an end and the lagares took more work which was just what was wanted. It hardly lowered the graduações (sugar graduations) and the mostos generally had very good colour and looked very nice as a result of the work they took.

We are optimistic in thinking that a great proportion of the wines will turn out exxceedingly well, as the majority of the mostos were very good indeed.

Ronald A Symington
2 October 1960



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