Vintage 2020

Vinha do Souto, Red, Quinta Da Fonte Souto

Quinta da Fonte Souto
Product Code: QF1020RC

Tasting Notes

Aromas of woodland are enhanced by pine and resin notes that confer great freshness and evoke the extensive forested area of Fonte Souto. Also, a lot of spice made of white pepper and clove, as well as black cherry and floral notes of roses. Dense and powerful in the mouth with notes of spice, tea, and tobacco. The impressive structure, sculpted tannins and refined acidity, foresee an excellent development in bottle. A little reserved, needing some time to reveal all its greatness.

Profile

Syrah, Alicante Bouschet
12
PORTUGAL
3
Cork
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between August and October temperatures were always above average and with
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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 >

This is the flagship wine of the estate, named after its beautiful chestnut groves (Soutos), that lie close to the vineyards from which the grapes are sourced, namely the finest parcels of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah. The lower vigour of these vines and the low yields resulted in concentrated, structured wines that also reflect the singular freshness which the altitude provides. The winter was cold and initially quite dry, but from the end of February and until June, rainfall levels were above the 30-year average, particularly during March and April. A wet spring delayed the vegetative cycle, and this was the case right up to the vintage. Summer began cool and practically without rain, but between August and October temperatures were always above average and with very little rain. These conditions were, however, a beneficial counterpoint to the low temperatures and abundant rainfall recorded during most of the winter and throughout the spring. The vintage started mid-September and the grapes showed complete and balanced maturations. We produced very elegant wines, aromatic, well-structured and balanced.

Winemaking >

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