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J.M. da Fonseca
Ripanco
CountryPortugal
RegionAlentejo
Grape VarietiesSyrah (48%), Aragonês (32%), Alicante Bouschet (20%)
AppellationVinho Regional Alentejano
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Technical sheet
DescriptionJoés Maria da Fonseca is one of the most prestigious wineries in Portugal. The purchase of Casa Agricola José da Sousa Rosado Fernandes in 1986 saw a long-held dream become reality for José Maria da Fonseca: to produce Alentejo wine using Roman traditional winemaking methods from an estate with history and prestige. The winery stands in the centre of the small town of Reguengos de Monsaraz, located in the heart of the Alentejo province in southern Portugal. It combines tradition and history with state-of the-art technology, and its the exact blend of old and new a constant in the long history of José Maria da Fonseca that makes Joséda Sousa so sublime, a blend of skilled craftsmanship and modernity. Thus, you will encounter a traditional winery (built below ground level to maintain cool temperatures year-round), with two lagares (open tanks) for treading the grapes, 114 clay amphorae for fermentation, a ripanço table and a modern winery equipped with 44 stainless steel tanks and technology for making part of the red wine. Ripanço is the ancient technique, dating back to roman ages, used traditionally in the South of Portugal for manually destemming the grapes using wooden rods. Part of the grapes have also been sundried in the warm weather of the Alentejo region.
VinificationPart of these grapes are destemmed by hand (ripanço) so the harsh tannins from the stems and seeds are not extracted, making it a lot smoother. Also another part of the grapes are sundried. Fermentation is carried out in stainless tanks at 28ºC.
ColorIntense Ruby
NoseBlackcurrants, coffee, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla
PalateSmooth, balanced, good acidity, ripe tannins
AnalysisAlcohol: 13.7 %pH: 3.64RS: 9.5TA: 5.3
Bottle size
750 ml
Serving SuggestionsGreat pairing for red meat and matured cheeses