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Herdade de Coelheiros


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2018 Vintage Report

 Viticulture wise, the year 2017-2018 was a particularly difficult one due to very unstable weather conditions - a very dry winter and a wet and cold spring. The average temperature from November 2017 to October 2018 was 15,4 ° C, slightly below the region's average (15,9 ° C). The accumulated cold hours were much higher (1 166 hours), when compared to the Évora's wine-growing year of 2016-2017, which counted with only 854. The number of heat hours was also lower which induced a significant delay in the vine cycle, delaying the harvest to the beginning of September.

In terms of precipitation, the wine year of 2017-2018 added up to 804 mm, a rainy year considering the norm that is 609 mm. However, the precipitation distribution was very abnormal. The wettest month was March with 273 mm, and the months of April and May also had rainfall significantly higher than the average which strained us with diseases of fungal origin and thus required a double attention of the winegrowing team.

In early August, between the 2nd and the 6th, we got hit by a heat wave with maximum temperatures reaching up to 44,2 ° C. Combined with winds with average speeds of 30 km / h, and very low relative humidity, this heat wave caused with significant losses. The most affected grape varieties were Alicante Bouschet and Roupeiro, with breaches around 50% compared to 2017. After the heat wave at the beginning of the month, temperatures dropped considerably, providing slow and gradual maturation. The harvest occurred with mild temperatures and almost no precipitation, allowing us to wait for the ideal maturation point.

It began on September the 3rd, harvesting the whites of Vinha do Alto and ended on October the 9th with the Petit Verdot of Vinha do Taco. We gathered a total of 190 tons of grapes, 121 tons of which were red grapes and 69 tons white grapes. Qualitative wise, our 2018 white wines show good aromatic intensity, persistence and mouth definition. The red wines show deep colors, concentration and firm but velvety tannins, promising good potential of aging. It should also be mentioned that at the end of 2017 the winemaking team was changed, being now led by João Raposeira. During 2018 we have increased the area of  vineyard being converted into organic production mode. We currently have 19 ha in this production mode. Vegetation cover trials were carried out on the Taco and Ribeira vineyards in order to improve soil structure. In February 2018 we signed a protocol with the University of Évora to study how moving to organic farming is impacting Herdade de Coelheiros' biodiversity. It is anticipated that this study will take place over 3 years and will include monitoring the microbiology of soils, plants, birds and invertebrates.