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Vintage 2011 Quality

May 2, 2012
Question by: Tom, Sparta, USA

Q:

I know this is still a year or so before any formal declaration will be made, but is there any indication for the 2011 grapes regarding vintage quality?

A:

Hi Tom, Yes, the 2011 Harvest was covered daily in the Graham's Blog, beginning with the first grapes arriving at the winery on 15 September, and reports were made from our other brands in the News feed here on the Vintage Port Site.  But your best one-stop summary of the harvest is Paul Symington's Douro Harvest Report 2011.   

... we have seldom seen such perfect harvest weather as we have had over the last 5 weeks.  The grapes were in superb condition, with good Baumés and ripe phenolics right through the harvest.  It was immediately clear that very good wines were being made; the colour at the very early stage of fermentation was excellent and improved right the way through September.  The aromas in the wineries were simply wonderful.  Our winemakers often say that the Douro is having a great year when the Touriga Franca (a late ripener) is giving great musts, this year it did.  (Paul Symington, 11 October 2011).



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