Symington Family Estates
Quinta da Fonte Souto, Florão White 2019, Symington Family Estates
Portugal / Alentejo
Andy's Tasting Notes
There is an appealing freshness and elegance that counterbalances the luscious peach/apricot fruit in this wine. It’s a clean tasting white with plenty of weight and finishes with balanced acidity and a gentle minerally overtone. This would be lovely with smoked fish or good quality ham.
From the highly regarded Portalegre area in the northern Alentejo – a blend of Arinto/Verdelho grapes.
Production notes: The hand-picked grapes are placed in small, shallow boxes and taken to the on-site winery. Manual sorting is followed by destemming and gentle crushing after which the grapes are transferred to a pneumatic press for a light pressing. Fermentation take place in stainless steel vats at low temperatures in order to conserve the wine’s aromatic expression.
The Florão White represents the most approachable wine style from the Fonte Souto estate, made with all the attention to detail and care of the other estate wines, but with a more youthful profile intended for drinking young. Its freshness, balance and structure clearly identify it as wine born of the unique Fonte Souto terroir.
The 207-hectare Quinta da Fonte Souto was acquired by the Symington family in 2017 and is their first vineyard outside the Douro. Lying on the slopes of the São Mamede Range at an altitude of 500 metres in the Alentejo sub-region of Portalegre, the property benefits from cooler and wetter conditions than the hot Alentejo plain. The Fonte Souto wines express the freshness and elegance provided by the altitude, as well as the structure and complexity from the estate’s extensive collection of mature, low-yielding vines.
Price per bottle £10.95
Food matchA Melton Mowbray pork pie!