Winter and early spring rainfall was roughly in line with the average, but higher-than-average temperatures brought forward the vegetative cycle by three weeks. If overall rainfall levels were reassuring, the temperatures were far from it: every month apart from April was considerably warmer than the 30-year mean. With virtually no rain in June or July, we were relieved to have 12.6 mm falling on 20th August, although the rain was followed by three heat waves lasting until mid-September. With the heat diminishing the benefit of the rainwater – and faced with the possibility of berry dehydration – we began picking our white grapes from the 25th August. These were in surprisingly good condition (given the summer drought), allowing us to make some very good wines. Production was down by 40% in soroperties, but the lower yields were compensated by overall good quality
Very ripe yet floral nose with potpourri, Earl Grey tea and some nicely baked cherries, prunes, cocoa powder and undergrowth. Fleshy, rich and pretty concentrated, yet supple and juicy, with a full-bodied palate that’s rounded by firm yet powdery tannins. Flavorful and long finish. Richer and more direct than the 2019.
Offers lovely violet and spice box aromas, which accentuate flavors of blackberry tart and black plum reduction, dried marjoram and dark chocolate shavings. Well-balanced and fresh, with a minerally finish. Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca. ~ Alison Napjus
The 2020 Post Scriptum de Chryseia is a blend of 51% Touriga Franca and 34% Touriga Nacional, with Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca for the rest, aged for 12 months in used French oak. It comes in at 14.5% alcohol. This adds some wood aromas and depth to the Prazo, plus a bit more of a backbone. There's some grip on the finish in a polished package that drinks decently now, but it can still improve. This is a good deal, with some upside potential.