Fermented partially in old clay amphoras, this is a rich wine that has managed to retain freshness as well. The blend includes Grand Noir, a grape with red juice, as well as Trincadeira and Aragonez. lts density is revealed as it opens up, giving ripe red fruits, solid tannins and a dry core. Editors' Choice.
J.M. da Fonseca
José de Sousa
Grape Varieties48% Grand Noir, 32% Trincadeira & 20% Aragonês (Tempranillo).
DescriptionJosé de Sousa Winery, an historic and prestigious estate, established in 1878, was purchased by José Maria da Fonseca almost 30 years ago in 1986. This saw a long-held dream become reality for the Soares Franco family; to produce Alentejo wine using traditional winemaking methods. Keeping alive a tradition initiated by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, the José de Sousa winery is equipped with 114 clay amphorae, a fermentation method as rare as it is old. The old Alibaba cellars are below ground level and contain the urns and two open presses for treading the grapes. The Monte do Ribeira estate that contains the vineyard lies alongside the road into Monsaraz and has an area of 120 hectares, of which 72 are planted with vines. The vines have always been grown in granite-based soil with excellent exposure to the sun; some were even planted by the hand of José de Sousa himself, particularly in the early 1950s when he concentrated on red grape varieties Trincadeira, Aragons and Grand Noir.
VinificationSmall portion in clay pots and the rest in stainless still tanks at a temperature of 28ºC.
NoseDates, tobacco leaf, black fruit, vanilla, oak, spices.
PalateFruity and balanced with soft tannins.
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.43TA: 4.95
Serving SuggestionsEnjoy with red meats and cheeses.
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