Poor weather at harvest time meant that few shippers declared. Those who did produced very good

Weather Conditions

The winter was unseasonably dry throughout Portugal and the drought continued through until June when a few days of rain proved to be very beneficial. Fortunately the flowering was early and therefore not affected. The remainder of the summer was generally dry but not unduly hot and a few short sharp showers in August helped to swell the grapes. Most growers began picking on 21st September but those who held off another week probably made better wines.

Best Appellations

Taylor’s, Delaforce, Quinta do Infantado, Quinta do Vesuvio, Fonseca, Niepoort, Quinta do Passadouro (Niepoort), Malvedos (Graham’s), Quinta da Agua Alta (Churchill),

Best Producers

A split declaration (with 1991); it remains to be seen which year produced the better wines for the medium to long term. Taylor/Fonseca famously declared 1992 whereas the Symington-owned houses all opted for 1991. Niepoort declared both. Big, rich and complete, I have the hunch that 1992 might just be the more impressive year in the long term.