Quinta da Fonte Souto Vinha do Souto Tinto 2017
93 points, “This is lovely, a big and refined success for the debut vintage. Obviously, there is no track record, but this seems poised to age well. Let's start here.” – Wine Advocate
“Very good and a long life ahead… There’s almost a slightly porty impression on the finish… Very good for a first vintage…” – Jancis Robinson
The inaugural release of Quinta da Fonte Souto’s flagship wine Vinha do Souto (named after the chestnut groves around the vineyards) is immense and sensational but will require patience. This blend of Alicante Bouschet and Syrah is so rich, dark and thick that you could almost stand a spoon up in it. The heavy bottle, the collectable debut vintage, the concentration and what looks like huge potential longevity, make this a fine candidate as a gift to go into the cellar and forget about for five or ten years. Sourced from the estate’s finest plots and matured in new French oak for almost a year, Vinha do Souto is peppery, Port-like and packed with damson, blackberry, black cherry, liquorice, chocolate-covered raisins, toasted nuts, spices, beefy oak and a remarkable freshness for something of this size. If you drink it now, decant several hours ahead and serve with something rich. If you have the patience, hide it away and you will be greatly rewarded.
The Symington family have been making wines in Portugal since the 19th Century. They’re the world’s leading producer of premium Port and the biggest vineyard owner in the Douro Valley – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of jaw-dropping beauty. As the producers of Graham’s, Dow’s, Cockburn’s, Warre’s and Quinta do Vesuvio, they’re obviously most famous for their Ports, but they are now starting to branch out into wider Portugal. Their new project Quinta da Fonte Souto is their first outside of the Douro in 135 years and five generations and the debut release stunned the wine buyers at Harvey Nichols. Located within a natural park at altitude in the exciting Portalegre sub-region of Alentejo. The name, Fonte Souto, is a reference to the natural springs that feed water to the area and the abundance of chestnut groves, but the bucolic estate also contains vineyards, forests, cork oaks, cherry orchards and olive trees. Judging by the first release, this is a hot property to watch with Wine Advocate saying: “This project looks likely to be a fine success.”
£7 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3190101
Style No.: 794753
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