Vintage declaration comes despite Duoro growers having faced a number of climatic challenges during the 2018 growing season
Sogrape oenologist Luís Sottomayor justified the decision saying that '2018 is one of the best, if not the best, vintage years I have witnessed... The special conditions experienced during the 2018 harvest came together to produce wines that combine extraordinary elegance with an unusual structure, thus achieving excellent complexity and balance, with great ageing potential'.
The Portuguese firm claims that the wines showcase the signature style of each estate, with Ferreira's being elegant and harmonious, Sandeman's more robust, and Offley's lighter and more fruit forward.
Douro growers faced a number of climatic challenges over the 2018 growing season, mostly due to the unsettled weather in the spring. A dry and cold winter delayed budburst, followed by a peculiarly wet spring which brought increased disease pressure and lower yields. The hot, dry summer however offered ideal conditions for the grapes to fully ripen at a steady pace.