Quinta da Fonte Souto, Florão Tinto 2018


This is a really gorgeous red that sees a famous Douro family setting foot in the Alentejo - the result is a really delightful blend of both regions' stylistic identities in one bottle.

Herbaceous notes sit over a compact core of black fruits, licorice, and spices. There is a fresh balance on the finish with fine-grained tannins, a broad mouthfeel and weighty intensity when the wine is in the mouth! Delicious.

Owned by the hugely important and influential Symington family, this winery is set in the hills to the north of Portalegre on the slopes of the São Mamede mountain range, the highest in the whole of the Alentejo region. This gives the vines cooling night time temperatures, allowing for the presence of all those unctious, irresistible red and dark fruit flavours we've come to expect from the Alentejo, but with balancing freshness and acidity - magic.

The vineyards themselves are mostly made of schistous and granitic soils that are critically poor in fertility, yet full of mineral content. This combination encourages great depth of vinestock and increases the quality of the grapes that grow there. It's also a distinct difference to many of the other regions in the Alentejo that have more fertile soils - though they can copy the sort of flavours you get in these finer wines, you'll never get the same elegance and finesse. That's why the Symington family have only recently bought the estate - they were only going to get something that was good enough for their own high standards.

A proper old mish-mash of a blend, it has a few random things in there as well as Aragonez (Tempranillo), Alicante Bouschet, Alfrocheiro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Touriga Nacional.

We're impressed at least...!

Region: Alentejo

Country: Portugal

Grape(s): Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet

Style: Smooth, Medium Bodied, Elegant

Best food matches: Veal, Pork, Pizza, Lamb, Hard Cheeses, Charcuterie

Alcohol: 14%

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Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

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When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.