Emptying the lagar and tasting Graham’s 2007 Vintage

 
Lagar starting to tilt
Lagar starting to tilt

At the end of the day today we ran off the last lagar of Touriga Nacional. To imagine having to climb into the lagar at this hour and start shoveling out the must…instead we pressed a button and the lagar simply tipped up on its edge, spilling its contents into the receiving bin below, outfitted with a large archimedes screw.

Reception bin with archimedes screw
Reception bin with archimedes screw
Tipping out the last TN into the archimedes screw
Tipping out the last TN into the archimedes screw

From a winemaking standpoint this has enormous advantages, to say nothing of what it does for the winemaking team’s overall well-being. In no time, it was done. After giving the lagar a simple hosing done with fresh water it was shiny new and ready for the next filling. We headed off to dinner.

All cleaned and ready for more grapes.
All cleaned and ready for more grapes.

As planned, we opened the bottle of Graham ’07 Vintage. During the harvest it’s not possible to cater to etiquette such as decanters and correct glasses, but I can tell you that did not detract one bit from our enjoyment of this wine.  Even under these less than ideal tasting conditions, I clearly detected the floral characteristics of eucalyptus and mint with soft violet overtones of the Malvedos wines when young coming through in the Graham ’07.  What a blockbuster!2007 Vintage 2