Winemaking: Setúbal Moscatel is a dessert wine produced in Portugal on the Setúbal 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. Alambre is a prestigious brand both in Portugal and abroad. 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. This wine is a blend of 19 vintages, where the youngest wine is at least 20 years old and, the oldest is near 80 years old, resulting in a fresh, complex and rich wine, the pride of José Maria da Fonseca. 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 In used oak. No bottle ageing is required due to its oxidative stage.
Grape Varieties: Moscatel de Setúbal, Arinto, Malvasia, Boais
Tasting Notes: Colour Amber. Aroma of Glacé orange, coffee, caramel, hazelnuts and rosemary. Palate Fruity and soft. Finish Very long
Store and Serve Advices: At a temperature of 16ºC
Food Pairing: Good with desserts
Reviews and Awards:
. 94 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 93 points in Jamie Goode;
. 92 points in Robert Parker;
. 91 points in CellarTracker;
. 18,5 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. 18 points in Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2008;
. Bronze International Wine & Spirit Competition 2008;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2006;
. Silver medal Mundus Vini 2004.