♦MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL 2002 ♦
DOMINGOS SOARES FRANCO PRIVATE COLLECTION
D.O.C. MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL
Domingos Soares Franco is the youngest brother in the sixth generation of the family that has run José Maria da Fonseca since its foundation in 1834. As both Vice-
President and senior winemaker of the company, Domingos has become a prominent figure in the field of Portuguese winegrowing.
In 1998, Domingos Soares Franco at José Maria da Fonseca decided to run several trials over a five-year period. He halted fermentation with 4 types of brandies: one neutral, one that came from the Cognac region, one from the Armagnac region and a fourth that was 50% Cognac and 50% Armagnac. After those 5 years, Domingos Soares Franco decided that the one made with Armagnac was best, being fresher more supple, complex and harmonious.
♦ REGION ♦
♦ VINEYARD AREA ♦
♦ PRODUCTION ♦
♦ BOTTLING ♦
♦ GRAPE VARIETIES ♦
MOSCATEL DE SETÚBAL
♦ ANALYSES ♦
♦ STORAGE ♦
♦ SHELF LIFE ♦
♦ TASTING NOTES ♦
Amber with red tint.
Nutshell, orange zest, floral (petunias), honey, some caramel.
Fruity (nuts), very soft, present acidity but balanced.
♦ VINIFICATION ♦
Fermentation halted by adding brandy. In this case the brandy came from the Armagnac region. There was skin contact of 3 months.
♦ AGING ♦
In used oak. No aging in bottle is necessary, because it does not improve after bottling.
♦ SERVING SUGGESTIONS ♦
As an aperitif serve at 10ºC or as a dessert wine serve at 16ºC.