Vintage 2020

Souto Rose, Quinta Da Fonte Souto

Quinta da Fonte Souto
Product Code: QF08ZZPC

Tasting Notes

Generous aromatic freshness, combining raspberry, red cherry, watermelon, and hints of passion fruit. Appealing crispiness on the palate, where flavours of raspberry, pomegranate and redcurrant are punctuated by tangy minerality shaped by fine acidity. Vivid and stimulating with a good balance between lightness and complexity

Profile

Aragonez
14
PORTUGAL
6
Cork
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            [Notes1] => Generous aromatic freshness,
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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 >

The 2022 viticultural year in Portalegre was marked by low rainfall in winter and spring and a succession of heat waves during July and August, which presented some challenges in managing hydric stress. However, the vines resisted the extreme heat surprisingly well and the significant lowering of temperatures through September favoured good maturations. The vintage started on August 16th with the Verdelho, followed by Arinto. Both showed excellent maturations and acidity, delivering wines with fresh and aromatically generous profiles, reflecting the typicity of these varieties. Harvesting of the white grapes began in early September, following a period of rain with Arinto once again showing how well adapted it is to the region’s natural conditions, preserving its freshness and good acidity despite the high temperatures which persisted through the greater part of its ripening cycle. Generally, and the climatic challenges notwithstanding, the vintage went very well delivering balanced, very aromatically expressive wines, which reflect the altitude of Quinta da Fonte Souto.

Winemaking >

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