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A vintage of very low quantities and variable quality throughout Portugal. The weather was unsettled throughout much of the growing season, with rain and cool temperatures in May and June giving way to drought-like conditions in August. In Alentejo and Setúbal the extraordinarily hot August weather led to the harvest beginning early and most of the grapes were picked by the middle of September. The wines display very good depth of fruit and the quality is remarkably consistent. Other regions such as the Douro did not fare so well, as it rained solidly in the latter half of September severely disrupting the harvest and resulting in a small crop of mostly thin and dilute wines being produced.