The 2008 winter was drier and colder than normal with only 258mm of rain falling at Pinhão between November and March. Fortunately, a wet April ensured the ground water reserves were sufficiently replenished.
Flowering occurred under wet and cold conditions and as a result poor set affected all grape varieties, resulting in lower yields, but with great concentration of flavour.
The temperatures for the 2008 growing season were remarkably similar to 2007, with lower than average temperatures and a mild August. The final ripening of the grapes was greatly enhanced with rain falling between the 4th and 7th September and a further downpour just before the vintage started. Picking started at Terra Feita de Baixo on 24th September and Terra Feita de Cima on 28th September.
The perfect weather conditions of hot days and cold nights allowed for a balanced harvest across the quinta. With low sugar levels at the beginning of the harvest, these gradually increased producing wines with great balance, structure and depth of flavour.