Suite du récit de la visite de nos amis australiens dans la région de Porto.
Notez la belle récolte de "phrasal verbs" ces verbes associés à un petit mot qui en complète ou change le sens. Exemple : to get out (sortir)
Terracing, and vertical (middle right) vines
These days more vineyards are removing the terraces and creating vineyards straight up the hill if that provides the grapes with the best presentation to the sunlight. They are able to do this by careful construction of the slopes so that rain will seep in rather than run off, but if there is excess rain then that will just flow away without causing erosion. It is quite an achievement to match soil type with these drainage characteristics. The normally hot a dry conditions do not produce a lot of fruit, but the flavour quality is high. Because of the terrain and the requirements of the finished product, most of the picking is still done by hand.
Inside Taylor's lodge
The crushing is also done by human labour so that the grapes are treated carefully, however mechanical "treaders" are now being developed. The skins are kept submerged in the grape juice again mainly by labour for about 3.5 days to extract all the colour, tannins and aromas into the wine after which time neutral alcohol is added to stop fermentation.
Textes et photos : Allan Poynton