Winemaking: Setúbal Moscatel is a dessert wine produced in Portugal on the Setubal Peninsula, a region south of Lisbon which was recognised as a D.O.C. in 1907. Some years ago, Jose Maria da Fonseca decided to brand its Moscatel as Alambre. Alambre was the name of the estate where José Maria da Fonseca first planted vines of the Moscatel grape variety, and also refers to wine’s amber colour. The Setúbal Península has unique conditions to produce fortified wines from the Moscatel grape. The climate is influenced by the Tagus and Sado Rivers and the Serra da Arrábida hill range. It has Mediterranean characteristics with hot, dry days and humid nights at the end of Summer. Winters are cold but not too rainy. VINIFICATION After the grapes are delivered to the winery the alcohol is analysed in order for the brandy to be added at the ideal moment. AGEING Used oak barrels. The age of 10 years blend varies between 10 to 15 years.
Grape Varieties: Moscatel de Setúbal, Arinto, Malvasia, Boais
Tasting Notes: Colour Dark golden. Aroma of Orange peel, apricot, nuts, honey and fennel. Palate Toast and fruit. Soft. Finish Very long.
Store and Serve Advices: At a temperature of 16ºC
Food Pairing: Good with desserts. The 10 years blend can also be served as an appetizer at 10°C.
Reviews and Awards:
. 94 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 93 points in Jamie Goode;
. 91 points in CellarTracker;
. 17 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2008;
. Bronze medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2008;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2006;
. Silver medal Mundus Vini 2004.