The 2004 harvest followed an extraordinary viticultural year: October and November 2003 were very wet, followed by and extremely dry start to 2004. Just 5.5 inches of rain, half the ten-year average, fell in Pinhao from January to the end of April. August then saw the highest rainfall for many years, accompanied by relatively low temperatures. As a result, ripening slowed dramatically. September started with unsettled weather that could have caused considerable damage to the grapes. Harvesting began 10 days later than usual. There then followed 25 days of sunshine with temperatures around 86ºF every day. No rain fell during the harvest. On the 9th and 10th of October the weather finally broke, but by then most of the grapes were all safely in the wineries.
Black/purple color. A lovely complex nose with excellent sweet and rich fruit aromas such as black cherry, blackcurrant and blackberry. On the palate packed with solid, structured, rich and intense black fruit flavors and an admirably long finish.
The 2004 Quinta dos Malvedos comes in at 107 grams per liter of residual sugar. It is a big mouthful, gorgeous from the get-go, young, exuberant and rather delicious...its rich and full-bodied feel may give it an edge this year, at least now...it should keep well as it does have nice support underneath the fruit.
Rich and powerful, with plenty of grip to the well-spiced flavors of blackberry, dried blueberry and dark plum. Dense and juicy midpalate, opening up with pepper and chocolate notes on the finish. Drink now through 2030. 3,000 cases made. –KM