The 2012 Port harvest began today, at Graham’s Quinta do Tua. Our caseiro, Arlindo, arrived in the vineyard at 7:00 AM sharp with the picking team, and work began at a parcel of Tinta Amarela located just behind the old walled vineyards.
This is a young plantation and therefore just a little more vulnerable to the extraordinarily dry conditions this year, so the decision was made to harvest this Tinta Amarela and another plantation of young Sousão today and tomorrow.
Alexandre Mariz, our viticulturist, stopped by to check on progress, confer with Arlindo on the paperwork for both the pickers and the grapes and wish the picking team well for the harvest season. He said the grapes are showing a good baumé of 14.7º, and pointed out the slight dehydration, which looks like “washerwoman’s fingers”, which helps concentrate the flavour – the grapes did taste good!
By 10:00 the team had finished the Tinta Amarela and moved on to the Sousão. We expect to spend just two days harvesting this week then take a break for the weekend, before we open the Malvedos winery and begin picking across all Graham’s quintas on Monday.
The weather is clear, warm and dry – a perfect start to the harvest.