José de Sousa Red Wine

JOSÉ DE SOUSA 2016

RED WINE
V.R. ALENTEJANO

HISTORY
The José de Sousa Rosado Fernandes Cellar was founded in 1878 and was purchased by José Maria da Fonseca in 1986, fulfilling an old dream of producing wine in Alentejo, in a estate full of prestige and history.
The estate is located in Reguengos de Monsaraz, and it is here that a 2.000 year old Roman tradition is kept alive. The José de Sousa Cellar owns 114 ceramic amphorae in which an ancient fermentation method takes place.

“TALHA” WINES
At the José de Sousa winery, the winemaking technique with talhas is still being used in a very similar way as it was 2.000 years ago.
In this wine, a small part is made according to this Roman process, the red grapes are previously trodden on foot and destemmed by hand in a table called “table of ripanço”. Afterwards, a small part of the must, skins and stems are fermented in talhas, and another part in lagares. The remainder of the brand is fermented in stainless steel tanks.
The use of talhas gives spices and a third dimension to wine. After fermentation, this wine has a skin maceration of 4 weeks, followed by 9 months of stage in French and American oak casks.


VINTAGE INFORMATION

REGION

ALENTEJO

VINEYARD AREA

20

GRANITIC

PRODUCTION

85.000

WINE PRODUCTION

BOTTLING

2018

FEBRUARY

GRAPE VARIETIES

54

GRAND NOIR

34

TRINCADEIRA

12

ARAGONÊS

ANALYSES

13.5

ALCOHOL

5.5

TOTAL ACIDITY
(TARTARIC ACID)

3.63

pH

STORAGE

12º

TEMPERATURE

60

HUMIDITY

SHELF LIFE

10 YEARS

AFTER BOTTLING

TASTING NOTES

COLOR

Dark red with some depth.

AROMA

Dates, hay, plums, toasted bread, a little of cloves, oak wood, vanilla, chocolate.

PALATE

Good fruit, good acidity, soft tannins but present.

FINISH

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

Serve at 14ºC and consume at 16ºC with game and cheese.


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