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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1972:

1972 Vintage

Declared by only a few shippers, and a handful of single quinta wines bottled.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

A summer long drought ended with a short period of rain in early September, which was followed by fine weather. Picking dates were set for 25th September for Bomfim, Rio Torto, Senhora da Ribeira and other best districts. Cool, overcast weather arrived on the 21st with some showers, but early picked quintas were not affected. Although this pattern continued throughout the vintage, luckily there was no rot.

Vinification

Sugar readings generally low, fermentations were cool, musts showed excellent colour, freshness and flavour. Yields were low, some quintas reporting their lowest on record.

Winemaker's Overview

Those wines made during the early part of the Vintage from the best Quintas, though in very short supply, show great promise and could well prove to be very well balanced and outstanding in quality.

Michael D Symington
22 October 1972
 



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