JOSÉ DE SOUSA
The purchase of Casa Agricola José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes in 1986 saw a long-held dream become reality for José Maria da Fonseca: to produce Alentejo wine using traditional winemaking methods from an estate with history and prestige. This property won on both counts, having produced wine since at least 1878 and having one absolutely legendary vintage - the José de Sousa 1940.
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, Aragonez and Grand Noir. We started replanting the vineyard in 1988
and completed the task at the end of the 1990s.
Domingos Soares Franco, Winemaker and Vice President studied viticulture and oenology in Davis, California. After graduation he joined the company in the 1980s and, being one of the most innovative of the new generation of Portuguese winemakers, brought significant changes to the style of his wines.
Classification: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Region: Reguengos, Alentejo
Grape: varieties: Grand Noir (47%), Trincadeira (33%) and Aragonês (20%)
Type of soil: Granitic
Aroma: Dates, tobacco leaf, mineral, violets, plums, figs, vanilla
Palate: Fruity, with soft tannins
Small portion in clay pots and the rest in stainless still tanks at temperature of 28ºC.
Alcohol 14,4 %
Serve at 14ºC and consume at 16ºC with game and cheese.