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1996 Vintage

Not declared by most shippers, some single quinta wines bottled.

Viticultural and Weather Conditions

After one of the wettest winters on record and flooding on the Douro, spring and summer were mild, and flowering and ripening took place under near perfect conditions. The mildness continued throughout the summer, however, making for quite a late harvest in order to achieve ripeness. Harvest took place under warm and dry conditions, with cool nights.

Harvest began at Vesuvio 16 September, the river quintas in the Cima Corgo began picking between the 23rd and 26th September and Cavadinha, as usual the late outlier, did not commence harvest until 8 October.
 

Winemaker's Overview

Grapes were vintaged in a healthy state and little or no rot was to be seen. The wines varied but the overall quality was good, improving consistently as the Vintage progressed. Towards the middle and end of the vintage some excellent wines were made.

Paul Symington
30 October 1996

What is particularly noticeable about the wines is that they are very aromatic and well balanced, although the colour and structure is not as impressive as in the last two years. This was partly due to the large yields achieved in the Douro this year, provoked by the very wet winter.

Peter Symington
November 1996
 



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