♦ JOSÉ DE SOUSA MAYOR 2014 ♦
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.
Having 1940 as our benchmark, we decided in 1986 to follow the traditional wine making techniques of the area. We selected Trincadeira, Aragonês and Grand Noir varieties as the best Alentejo red grapes to be hand-picked when perfect maturation conditions were achieved, and then fermented the grapes in clay pots and open presses.
José de Sousa Mayor is the estate’s premium wine, and its concept and style aim to reproduce the key features of the famous 1940 vintage. If this is in itself a superb challenge the fact that conditions are such that the estate can produce José de Sousa Mayor virtually every year makes it a true quest.
♦ REGION ♦
♦ VINEYARD AREA ♦
♦ PRODUCTION ♦
♦ BOTTLING ♦
♦ GRAPE VARIETIES ♦
♦ ANALYSES ♦
♦ STORAGE ♦
♦ SHELF LIFE ♦
♦ TASTING NOTES ♦
Red fruit, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate, soft and integrated wood.
Fruity, round with present tannins.
♦ VINIFICATION ♦
The grapes are delivered into the winery in 20kg plastic boxes and part is transferred into 3 tons open tops where they are foot trodden and fermented. The other part is fermented in large clay pots (1.500 litres)or about 10 days, followed by pos-fermentation skin contact more than 4 weeks.
♦ AGING ♦
The wine was transferred directly into new French oak casks for 9 months. It was bottled without any filtration or stabilisation.
♦ SERVING SUGGESTIONS ♦
Should be served at a temperature of 14/16ºC, after having been decanted, with game and cheese. This wine may throw sediment with age.