José María Fonseca Alambre 2015 (DOC Moscatel de Setúbal): a magical white to fall in love with the Peninsula

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The Alejandría's Muscat variety is known in Setúbal and Palmela's wine regions as Moscatel de Setúbal. When inside D.O.C. Setúbal's area produces a sweet white with great predominance of this variety it can access to << Moscatel de >> mention . The José María Fonseca wineries (in Azeitão) have almost the DOC Moscatel de Setubal's monopoly wines. Its vintage cuvée comes from 1oo% Muscat planted on limestone and sandy soils. Then, in the cellar, the wine will macerate with their skins for 3 months after aborting the alcoholic fermentation with brandy. And in the cellar the used barrels will be filled with said wine so that the wood does not eclipse the fruit.

Visually very shiny, amber color with coppery reflections as a result of oxidation during the maturing in used barrels. Dense tears that is logical given its alcoholic richness. Very intense and complex in nose that is the Muscat guarantee: floral, honey of flowers, white fruit of candied bone .... After orange peel and roasted peach touches are added. A powerful, and sweet entry in mouth. Dense, broad, fleshy and explosive development. An alcoholic sensation very well integrated. Ripe lemon notes puts the freshness on a smoky background. A long, sweet and liquoruous (17.5 % vol.) finish, and goodbye with crème brûlée notes.

Jose María da Fonseca winery begins to winemaking in 1834, just with the Constitutional Monarchy arrival in Portugal after a civil war between liberals and absolutists. This winery has provided many Portuguese generations with a good Setubal's Moscatel and with a very positive price such as its current $ 7'74 +-. The recommended service temperature is 11ºC to control the alcohol sensations. As a pairing, look for the traditional Portuguese dessert such as a Toucinho do Céu (egg-based sponge-cake from the north of Portugal), a Tigeleda (burnt-cream of the Beira region) or a Coimbra's Queijadas (another Beiras dessert, but this one from Beira coast).


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