The last remaining block of Touriga Franca, Nº15 was all picked by mid morning and for the rest of the day the ‘roga’ have been picking for the last lagar we will make of the 2009 Vintage. A small block of Tinto Cão from 1987 was picked next (small bunches with thick skinned juicy berries) and they are now picking Tinta Roriz.
Charles has deliberately left these blocks for the last lagar as they resisted well the recent hot weather and indeed continued to ripen nicely. It will be an interesting fermentation of two of the Douro classic varieties. Arlindo and the ‘roga’ will finish picking the rest of the Roriz sometime tomorrow, although I’m not sure exactly when yet.
With the picking over Arlindo will be off the hook and effectively on holiday for a few days so I’m sure he will be driving them hard up there in the vineyard tomorrow to finish asap!