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1992 Vintage

A good vintage with some rich and concentrated wines, the best of which are very good. Declared by some Port houses in favour of 1991. The best wines will age superbly.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

The winter of 1991/92 was one of the three driest in Portugal since records have been kept. Producers and shippers became anxious as the vines survive the long dry summers of the Douro by drawing on underground water reserves created by winter rains. A little rain fell in May and June, but the flowering took place successfully in dry conditions.

Although August was not as hot as usual, the vines, particularly young ones, were showing signs of stress.Tremendous thunderstorms on the 7th and 8th of August and another three days of rain at month end made for very high rainfall for an August: 2.76 inches. The rains helped swell the grapes and soften the skins and maturation proceeded favourably, with the grapes in excellent condition for harvest.

Picking began in mid-late September, and some further rain late in the month was not helpful to those who were still harvesting. At Malvedos, in the heart of the Cima Corgo, harvest started on the 17th and finished on the 27th. Vesuvio started on 14th September, Bomfim 21st and Cavadinha on 28th.

Vinification

Fermentations showed excellent colour and nose, and grapes were in good condition, though yields were down.

Winemaker's Overview

In general the fermentations have shown excellent colour and nose. The grapes have been in good condition although yields were 20% below those achieved in 1991. This is not surprising considering the dry winter. There has been some uneven ripening due to the winter drought, but in general it can be said that some very good wines have been made.

Peter Symington
15 October 1992

The wines look extremely even and well balanced with an excellent purple colour. It will be interesting to see in a few months time whether the best 1992s will show as well as the top 1991s which are looking splendid.

James Symington
October 1992



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