J Red Wine

J DE JOSÉ DE SOUSA 2015

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.
The grapes are hand harvested, slightly foot crushed and destemmed by hand with the “ripanço table”. The fermentation in talhas (capacity around 1.600 liters) is done with part of the must, skins and 30% stems at a temperature of about 28ºC, controlled by spraying water four times a day on the talhas. The other part is fermented in lagares.
The use of the talhas gives spices and a third dimension to the wine.
This process is followed by two weeks of skin contact. After that, the wine is transferred directly into new French oak casks for 10 months.


VINTAGE INFORMATION

REGION

ALENTEJO

VINEYARD AREA

1.5

GRANITIC

PRODUCTION

2.700

WINE PRODUCTION

BOTTLING

2017

SEPTEMBER

GRAPE VARIETIES

63

GRAND NOIR

27

TOURIGA FRANCESA

10

TOURIGA NACIONAL

ANALYSES

13.2

ALCOHOL

5.40

TOTAL ACIDITY
(TARTARIC ACID)

3.07

pH

STORAGE

12º

TEMPERATURE

60

HUMIDITY

SHELF LIFE

10 YEARS

AFTER BOTTLING

TASTING NOTES

COLOR

Red with shades of brown.

AROMA

Oak, dates, tobacco leaf, cassis and blackberries. Elegant and fine.

PALATE

Oak, fruity, austere, balanced, good acidity and good tannins.

FINISH

Long

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.


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