Vintage 2019

Alfrocheiro, Quinta da Fonte Souto (Wood Case)

Quinta da Fonte Souto
Product Code: QF09ZZRC

Tasting Notes

Very deep coloured, with just a hint of crimson on the rim. Fresh, mineral aromas with mountain breeze clarity denote altitude and the schist and granite soils of Fonte Souto. A flinty, graphite edge reflects minerality and forest vegetation. Some discreet fruit comes through, initially blueberry and, as the wine opens, some distinctive strawberry notes. Quite reserved on the palate, beginning to show black plum, dark chocolate, and a subtle nuance of liquorice. Peppery tannins and bright acidity underpin the substantial structure, which needs some further bottle age for the wine to fully reveal its singular character.

Profile

Alfrocheiro
14.5
PORTUGAL
3
Cork
Quinta da Fonte Souto
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            [Notes1] => Very deep coloured, with just a hint
of crimson on the rim. Fresh, mineral
aromas with mountain breeze clarity
denote altitude and the schist and
granite soils of Fonte Souto. A flinty,
graphite edge reflects minerality and
forest vegetation. Some discreet fruit
comes through, initially blueberry and,
as the wine opens, some distinctive
strawberry notes. Quite reserved on the
palate, beginning to show black plum,
dark chocolate, and a subtle nuance
of liquorice. Peppery tannins and
bright acidity underpin the substantial
structure, which needs some further
bottle age for the wine to fully reveal
its singular character.
            [Notes2] => In Portalegre, the agricultural year was dry and relatively mild with the wide
diurnal temperature variations during the hotter months contributing to an
even progression of the maturations and to the preservation of the acidity in
the grapes, which reached the vintage particularly fresh and with aromatic
exuberance. There was some rain during August in the lead up to the vintage and
this rebalanced the vines in the final ripening stretch and created the necessary
conditions for completion of phenolic maturation. Yields were relatively low, and
this contributed to better balance and higher quality in the grapes. We produced
very fresh, elegant wines, whilst still taut and with a well-defined texture. In this
third vintage in Portalegre, we made wines that were the closest yet to the typical
profile of this subregion.

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            [Notes4] => 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. 
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About this product +

Producer >

The Symington's family’s first property outside the Douro region. Quinta da Fonte Souto is in the Portalegre subregion of the Alto Alentejo in southern Portugal. Close to the São Mamede range (1,025 metres), the property benefits from the area’s altitude with its cooler microclimate in sharp contrast to the Alentejo region’s typically hot and dry conditions. Yields are low due to the schist and granite soils, which are less fertile than those found in the flat and rolling terrain which characterizes the majority of the Alentejo. There are 207 hectares on the property, of which 43 are planted with vines. The principal grape varieties are Aragonês, Alfrocheiro, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The property has a substantial chestnut grove, from which its name is derived — ‘souto’ refers to a wooded area planted with chestnut trees.

Viticulture >

In Portalegre, the agricultural year was dry and relatively mild with the wide diurnal temperature variations during the hotter months contributing to an even progression of the maturations and to the preservation of the acidity in the grapes, which reached the vintage particularly fresh and with aromatic exuberance. There was some rain during August in the lead up to the vintage and this rebalanced the vines in the final ripening stretch and created the necessary conditions for completion of phenolic maturation. Yields were relatively low, and this contributed to better balance and higher quality in the grapes. We produced very fresh, elegant wines, whilst still taut and with a well-defined texture. In this third vintage in Portalegre, we made wines that were the closest yet to the typical profile of this subregion.

Winemaking >

The hand-picked grapes are placed in small, shallow boxes and taken to the on-site winery. Manual sorting is followed by destemming and gentle crushing after which grapes are transferred to the fermentation vats. Fermentations are individually monitored, and the temperature and macerations are adjusted to maximise the potential of each fermenting batch. A period of post fermentation maceration follows to encourage the extraction of some tannin from the pips to complement those extracted from the grape skins. This adds structure and longevity to the wines.

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