Port, 2008

2008 was a single-quinta vintage declaration for Port, which means Port wines made from grapes grown in a single estate. In terms of general quality this means that it was a good rather than a great vintage, as only the finest grapes make the vintage grade. Yields were low and quality varied.

As with much of Europe's winegrowers, the growing season got off to a damp, wet start, with delayed flowering and erratic fruit-set. There then followed a long period of coolish dry weather and the intense heat of August, which ripens the grapes, didn't appear. The late Indian summer helped to an extent, but some growers panic-picked in mid-September with dire results. Those who waited and selected carefully picked the best quality, most ripe grapes.

Port, 2008

2008 was a single-quinta vintage declaration for Port, which means Port wines made from grapes grown in a single estate. In terms of general quality this means that it was a good rather than a great vintage, as only the finest grapes make the vintage grade. Yields were low and quality varied.

As with much of Europe's winegrowers, the growing season got off to a damp, wet start, with delayed flowering and erratic fruit-set. There then followed a long period of coolish dry weather and the intense heat of August, which ripens the grapes, didn't appear. The late Indian summer helped to an extent, but some growers panic-picked in mid-September with dire results. Those who waited and selected carefully picked the best quality, most ripe grapes.

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