Clear blue sky again this morning with just some high wisps of white cloud tinted red by the suns rays from the East. A good sign! During the morning some cloud did appear overhead but it was not rain threatening and in the afternoon blue sky returned and it became hot.
At the end of picking yesterday we had picked 78% of the vineyard area, so we are now beginning the final stretch of the Vintage. Arlindo had a team of 23 today and they made good progress, picked a further 12,022 Kgs of perfectly mature and healthy Touriga Franca.
Starting at the blocks near the entrance to the Quinta, they then moved further up to block 86 and ended the day right at the top of the Quinta in blocks 2 and 3, at around 350 metres altitude (see map).
Last night there was a fortification at 04:50 and tonight there will be another around midnight which is not so bad. Today we have all three lagares in use with the Malvedos Franca – one fermenting, one treading and one being filled. The colour of the Franca continues spectacular with every lagar we fill.
Otherwise it has been a normal day at the winery and business as usual. After a couple weeks of harvest – right about now – there is a slight doldrum period, where the work is routine and seemingly endless, but in just a few days the end will come into sight and energy levels will pick up again.
Charles, his wife Marta and their son Martin came by on the way to Cockburn’s Quinta dos Canais in the Douro Superior this evening. Charles and I tasted the three most recent Nacional wines he had not yet seen and he was very pleased with how they have turned out both in terms of their lifted black fruit aromas and their opaque purple colour. We also reviewed the picking order of the remaining Franca blocks but this remains unchanged.
Martin was fascinated by the lagares and kept pointing at them – it runs in the family!