2017 Florao Red, Quinta de Fonte Souto, Alentejo, Portugal
The Florão Red represent 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 wines born of the unique Fonte Souto terroir.
Aromas of red cherries fused with hints of pine forest and wet earth. The up-front fruit flavours are at the same time silky smooth, punctuated by forest fruits and delicate nuances of clove and peppers. A great all-round wine to accompany diverse foods, ready for drinking although it will repay keeping in bottle for another 3 or 4 years.
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 grapes are transferred to the fermentation vats. Fermentations are individually monitored, and the temperature and macerations are adjusted to maximise the potential of each fermenting batch.