Late afternoon sun on a cloudless January afternoon beautifully highlights the stairways built into the dry schist walls of the old vineyards at Graham’s Quinta do Tua. But we would rather see a few good rainy days, and soon.
Paul Symington has just received the rainfall records for all of 2011, and writes:
We have had only 426 mm rainfall at Quinta dos Malvedos in all of 2011. Only 1998 and 2005 were drier in the last 15 years. What saved and in fact made the 2011 Vintage was a very wet October, November and December 2010 (341 mm in three months) and then perfectly timed rain on the 21st August and again on the 1st to 2nd September, followed by perfect weather throughout the harvest at Malvedos.
But since then it has remained very dry at Malvedos, with each winter month so far well below average. We need rain now.