Quinta da Fonte Souto Vinha do Souto 2017

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Quinta da Fonte Souto Vinha do Souto 2017

Gorgeous floral aromas of roses
denoting incredible freshness. Lifted
conifer fragrance with an almost
imperceptible toasty scent from the
seamless wood integration. Impressive
on the palate, full and seductive with
ripe, focused fruit. The substantial,
polished tannins underpin the
imposing structure, which indicates
considerable ageing potential. Its
charming freshness, precision and
poise make it already approachable,
especially with rich dishes such as
game.

Quinta da Fonte Souto Vinha do Souto 2017

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, which contribute
virtually equal parts to the debut 2017 wine. 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.
VINTAGE OVERVIEW
Temperatures and rainfall during the winter were close to the seasonal average
for the region, but temperatures rose substantially during the spring and this
accelerated the vines’ growth cycle. The considerable heat continued during
the summer with virtually no rainfall from the middle of May. However,
the advanced growth cycle and the good management of the water reserves
accumulated during the winter and beginning of spring, and the diurnal
temperature variation (hot days, cool nights), typical of higher altitudes, favoured
balanced and complete ripening, all the more remarkable in such a hot, dry
year. The harvest was one of the earliest in living memory and it was possible to
harvest selectively, ensuring that all the parcels were picked at the right time. Low
yields, combined with excellent maturations, paved the way for wines of great
concentration and of exceptional quality.
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. The grapes sourced from the
property’s finest vineyard parcels are vinified in smaller capacity fermentation
vats, worked manually with cap submersion and post fermentation maceration
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.
WINEMAKERS
Charles Symington, Pedro Correia
and José Daniel Soares (resident
winemaker)
GRAPE VARIETIES
52% Alicante Bouschet
48% Syrah
AGEING
80% of the blend aged 11 months in
new French oak barrels (65% of 400 l
and 35% of 225 l) and 20% in second
year barrels.
STORAGE & SERVING
Ready to drink but has good ageing
potential
TASTING NOTE
Gorgeous floral aromas of roses
denoting incredible freshness. Lifted
conifer fragrance with an almost
imperceptible toasty scent from the
seamless wood integration. Impressive
on the palate, full and seductive with
ripe, focused fruit. The substantial,
polished tannins underpin the
imposing structure, which indicates
considerable ageing potential. Its
charming freshness, precision and
poise make it already approachable,
especially with rich dishes such as
game.
WINE SPECIFICATIONS
Alcohol: 14.7% vol.
Volatile acidity: 0.5 g/L (acetic acid)
Total acidity: 5.2 g/L (tartaric acid)
pH: 3.58
Total sugars (gluc+fruct): 1.1 g/l
Allergy advice: Contains Sulphites

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