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See details of the wines declared or bottled from the year 1989:

1989 Vintage

A good year that produced some attractive, medium-term single quinta wines. Not a general declaration.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

The winter of 1988/89 provided only about half the average rainfall, however the vines matured nicely, helped by a bit of rain from occasional thunderstorms through late July. But severe heat in late July and August – as much as 42° C in the shade at Pinhão for four days running – caused some vine stress.

With no rain forecast and grapes now starting to dry rather than mature, the decision was made to begin harvest around 7 September in the more advanced areas. On the 8th and 9th September heavy rain did fall in the Cima Corgo, but very little east of Tua. Quinta dos Malvedos, near Tua, reported only “a little rain” on the 8th and 9th. The vines responded well to the rain and the perfect harvest weather which followed and grapes picked after those dates showed much higher sugar content and gave greater yields.

Winemaker's Overview

The main crop of Upper Douro grapes has produced wines of excellent quality, dark, full-bodied yet with attractive freshness. And the always more backward quintas lying at higher altitudes, and the whole of the lower Douro and “Altos” have undoubtedly produced wines this vintage of outstanding quality for their districts.

Michael D Symington
9 October 1989

The wines look very good and every single grape was in perfect condition except for a very few which showed signs of passa (raisinning) due to the great heat. No disease at all was in evidence.

James R Symington
October 1989
 



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