The 2006 viticultural year started very well with good winter rains that broke the two- year drought of ‘03 and ‘04. Budburst came a little late on 3rd April followed by generally good weather for flowering in May which was very dry and hot. In June, temperatures increased until a very severe hailstorm hit certain vineyards in the Pinhão and the Rio Torto valleys on the night of the 14th. In just 20 minutes several vineyards lost up to 30% or more of their crop. Fortunately, the Douro is made up of many sharply contoured hills and valleys, consequently numerous vineyards were shielded from this onslaught. After a very hot July, August started much cooler and a useful spell of rain fell on the 16th, 17th and 18th (47mm in all), usually an excellent omen for a good Port vintage. Picking began on the 11th September.
Classic power with a lovely violet-scented and peppery nose and delicious layers of opulent blackberry fruit within a finely structured tannin framework that ensures very good aging potential. The hot summer of 2006 has added an additional layer of concentration to the traditional Vesuvio velvety richness and depth. This is a very great Vesuvio Vintage Port.
Total acidity: 4.76 g/l tartaric acid