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Quinta Da Fonte Souto Vinha do Souto Red Reserva Alentejo DOC 2017

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Winemaker Notes

This is Fonte Souto’s flagship wine, named after the beautiful chestnut groves 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 low yields of these vines result in a concentrated, elegantly structured, precise wine that reflects the remarkable freshness provided by the property’s privileged higher altitude position on the slopes of the Serra de São Mamede, above hotter and drier Alentejo plain.

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The 2017 Tinto Vinha do Souto is a roughly equal blend of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah aged for 11 months in mostly new French oak. It comes in at 14.7% alcohol. This ups the ante on the regular Tinto in a few ways—there's more concentration, while remaining quite elegant, more oak impact, although that will get better, and more power. The intensity of flavor is far better, too, as the beefy nuances overlay the wine and supersede the wood. It shows nuance, understatement and finesse to go with the structure and concentration. This is lovely, a big and refined success for the debut vintage. Obviously, there is no track record, but this seems poised to age well. Let's start here.

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Quinta Da Fonte Souto, Portugal
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This is the Symington 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. Furthermore, the property has a large forested area amounting to 100 hectares, a third of which is covered with cork oaks, very much a feature of the Alentejo landscape. The first vintage under Symington family ownership was the 2017, and the grapes were vinified on site in the estate’s well-equipped winery. The debut vintage couldn’t have been more auspicious and we produced some very good white and red wines. The exceptionally hot and dry debut year showed the benefit of the vineyard’s altitude, which ranges from 490 to 550 metres. We will release 5 wines in 2019 (2 whites and 3 reds).
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Responsible for a majority of Portugal’s fine wine production—and over half of the world’s cork production—Alentejo represents a major force in Portugal’s wine industry. This southern Portugese region is characterized by stretches of rolling plains and vineyards dotted with majestic cork oaks. Access to land enables the farmers of Alentejo to produce wines in great economies of scale, without compromising quality, compared to those regions to the north. The region of Alentejo indeed covers a third of the country.

Its classified (DOP) wines must come from one of eight subregions, where elevations are a bit higher, air cooler and less fertile soils are perfect for vines. The optimal regions are Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Granja-Amareleja, Vidigueira, Evora and Moura. Alentejo is not without the conveniences of modern winemaking as well. Irrigation supplements low rainfall and temperature control in the winery assures high quality wines.

The potential of the area has attracted many producers and its wine production continues to grow. Alentejo’s charming, fruit-forward wines have naturally led to local and global popularity.

White wines tend to be blends of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Arinto. However, in growing proportions, the white grapes Verdelho, Alvarinho and Viognier have been enjoying success. But red varieties actually exceed whites in Alentejo. Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Castelão grapes blend well together and are responsible for most of the Alentejo reds.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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