Monday afternoon when I was wondering where Charles was for our harvest report meeting, I peeked into the tasting room. Together with Nuno Moreira and Manuel Rocha (back to camera) he was reviewing a line up of white ports.
Every July we do our annual inventory of wine stocks. Then, where we have small quantities of individual wines, Charles and his team do tastings like this one, to decide which small lotes can be blended and consolidated into a single larger lote. In this way we can clear space in the Lodge so that when the 2011 Harvest wines are ready to come down to Gaia next winter and spring, there will be enough clean, empty casks waiting to receive them.
Beautiful colours on these whites.