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1990 Vintage

Generally not declared except a very few single quinta wines. A Vintage which produced abundant quantities of good quality wine, a small amount of which was outstanding.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

Rainfall for the year up to the time of harvest was only about half the average, but what did fall came at nicely spaced intervals throughout the spring and early summer. Budding was heavy and led everyone to expect a large crop.

There followed an exceptionally hot summer and the grapes seemed to shrivel before they had even ripened. Rain finally arrived 21st August and further rain in early September brought cooler weather; by mid September temperatures finally dropped below 30° C for the first time in almost two months. The rain allowed the grapes to swell and ripen fully. Grapes were uniformly healthy from start to finish, without a trace of mould or rot to be seen.

Harvest at Cavadinha began on 21st September.

Winemaker's Overview

The Douro 1990 Vintage can be summed up in just four words – production, enormous – quality, excellent. The 1990 Vintage has probably favoured not so much the very early starting quintas, but those whose grapes were picked from the third week of September onwards; however, overall quality promises to be good to excellent.

Paul D Symington
29 October 1990



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