J.M. da Fonseca "Ripanço" VR Alentejo

José Maria da Fonseca

APPELLATION

Alentejo

GRAPE VARIETIES

Syrah (48%), Aragonês (32%), Alicante Bouschet (20%)

WINEMAKERS

Domingos Soares Franco

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.64
Alcohol
13.7%

BACKGROUND

What is it that fuels the Soares Franco family’s passion and commitment to producing outstanding wines at the J.M. da Fonseca winery? Perhaps it is their venerable, centuries-old history, their considerable breadth of experience across Portugal’s top viticultural regions, or their commitment to the people and land behind each bottle. For seven generations, J. M. da Fonseca wines have been enjoyed around the world. It is this dedication to quality production year after year that makes this family the leading ambassadors for fine Portuguese wines. Forward thinking and adventurous, Fonseca made history in 1850 when he bottled the first still Portuguese red wine from his Periquita vineyard. So impressed by the quality of Periquita and the portfolio of wines, the then King of Portugal bestowed royal order on "the winery facilities of Mr. Fonseca in recognition of their modernity, cleanliness and efficiency." Fortunately for the rest of the wine loving world, the family has taken this order very seriously and continues to execute all aspects of winemaking with absolute dedication, care and innovation.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Throughout the generations, J.M. da Fonseca has expanded into some of Portugal’s top viticultural regions, including Domini and Domini Plus from the Douro Valley in the north and José de Sousa and Ripanço, in the southern Alentejo region.

The largest vineyard holdings are in Setúbal, home to the Periquita range of wines. The Villa Nogueira de Azetão estate, where the vineyards are planted, lie a short distance from Lisbon, across the Tagus River. Here, vineyards enjoy the benefits of a sun-drenched maritime climate and a varied soil composition that incorporates elements of sand, clay and lime.

WINEMAKING

Part of these grapes are de-stemmed by hand (ripanço) so the harsh tannins from the stems and seeds are not extracted, making it a lot smoother. Fermentation is carried out in stainless tanks at 28ºC.

TASTING NOTES

Intense ruby in color. Notes of blackcurrants, coffee, blueberry, raspberry, and vanilla on the nose. Smooth and balanced palate with good acidity and ripe tannins.

WINEMAKER

Domingos Soares Franco

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