Two leading shippers declared 67, but there was little that was memorable
After a cool summer (without any real heat in July or August), the grapes were still green and backward when picking began around 20th September.
Both yields and sugar levels were low. Many picked too early (fearing a repeat of the rains which had marred the latter part of the previous three vintages) however warm weather continued into October and, unusually, the best grapes with higher sugar readings were picked last.
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Two leading shippers (Cockburn and Martinez) declared 1967 in preference to 1966 (whereas a handful – including Noval and Sandeman- declared both). At best 1967 produced gentle, middle-distance wines, but even the finest are starting to fade.
Quinta do Noval Nacional