Today was a lovely fresh morning with blue sky and like yesterday it turned into a hot day. Out in the sun it feels much more like a summer’s day (ideal for the beach in fact) than autumn and the 1st of October.
This is perfect Vintage weather and we could not ask for better.
The pickers continued their way down the Quinta and finished the smaller parcels in the northwest part of the vineyards, although overall they picked slightly less as they were 3 down today (there was a christening in the nearby village of Tua today apparently). Tomorrow we begin on the two larger block up there; however as it’s Sunday let’s see how it goes in terms of numbers of pickers.
The Franca we received today was again in excellent condition, and I must once more stress just how good the Franca is looking in 2011 with perfect ripeness in terms of flavour, colour and baumé. It really doesn’t get better than this.
The vinhaço (marc) lorry arrived at 08:00 this morning which was a bracing start to the day! The lads were obviously hungry and put their back into is, because all 6000 Kgs were loaded and the lorry left the winery in time for us to get to breakfast on time at 09:00.
It was a busy day in the winery today what with the vinhaço lorry, two fortifications (fortunately not too late!), and various wine transfers apart from the usual tractor loads of grapes.
The Franca lagar we filled today and have already trodden this evening has given 14º Baumé and I am very pleased that all the Franca lagares so far have given baumés of between 13.7º and 14º, as its not every year (in fact it only happens in very very good years) that this sort of ripeness is achieved.
James and Rupert are spending the weekend at Malvedos with their families and friends, and after breakfast they all came to visit the winery, dogs and all. They were very interested in having a taste of the wines and all three generations gave their opinions regarding the quality of the 2011s, which I am glad to say was very favourable.
I also showed Rupert on the Quinta map what the picking order is for the rest of the Franca.