MOSCATEL TORNA VIAGEM FROM JOSÉ MARIA DA FONSECA ABOARD THE SAGRES TALLSHIP
THE FAMOUS MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL FROM JOSÉ MARIA DA FONSECA SAILS AGAIN ON MAY 27TH FOR ANOTHER HISTORIC JOURNEY
José Maria da Fonseca accepted the invitation from the Portuguese Navy to ship some of its famous Moscatel de Setúbal Torna Viagem aboard the Sagres Tallship. On May 27th, the Sagres Tallship will sail from Lisbon on a journey that will last 3 months towards the US, stopping in the ports of Philadelphia, New Bedford and Boston, carrying one cask of Moscatel Roxo 2014 and two casks of Moscatel de Setúbal from the same vintage. The return is scheduled to be on September 1st and is awaited with high expectations due to the changes that the wine will suffer during the trip. António Soares Franco, CEO of José Maria da Fonseca mentions that “similarly to past experiences, we hope that upon arrival back in Portugal, this famous wine of our company, will develop a superior quality, with a darker color and different characteristics from the testimony wine that is kept in our cellars”. This experience was last carried out in 2010, when the wine travelled around the world. In 2007 and 2000 the wine crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a shorter trip of Sagres. On all of these 3 journeys the wine was proven to achieve different characteristics and improve in quality when compared with the testimony wine that was kept in the cellars of José Maria da Fonseca. These three experiences in the XXI century reenact the famous trips carried out during the XIX century by the Portuguese sail ships that travelled around the world which gave birth to the mythic wines of the Moscatel de Setúbal Torna Viagem. These last trips have a scientific goal and the wine is not expected to be commercialized in the near future. The winemaking team led by Domingos Soares Franco described this wine as “a softer and velvety Moscatel de Setúbal, with increased complexity and a small hint of saltiness. It is transformed in a try unique and outstanding wine”.