Named after the owner of the estate in the Alentejo that the Fonseca family bought in 1986, this wine is packed with firm, generous tannins and ripe, juicy black fruits. It has some oak aging that has given the wine a polished feel. With its concentration, structure and final acidity, it will age well. Drink from 2018.
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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.