Erratic conditions reduced yields and dramatically compromised quality
A hot, dry summer was relieved at the last minute by refreshing rain just before picking began on 19th September. The rain brought the intense heat to an end so that the lagares took more work and produced musts with good structure and depth of colour.
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This beguiling vintage seemed to peak in the early 1980s but the better wines now appear to be sitting on a long plateau and are still drinking well. The wines are mostly middle-weight and lacking a little in backbone but are soft, sweet and attractive for drinking now.
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