HF Reserva 2008

Howard’s folly reserva 2008The 2008 growing season was exceptional in Portugal and particularly in the Alentejo – the area occupying the middle one third of Portugal renowned for its agriculture and an increasingly important area…

The 2008 growing season was exceptional in Portugal and particularly in the Alentejo – the area occupying the middle one third of Portugal renowned for its agriculture and an increasingly important area for quality wines.

For 2008 we asked Xu Bing to create the label. Xu Bing is one of China’s foremost and innovative artists and invented “New English Calligraphy”. At first sight the label appears to be Chinese characters but on closer examination it can be seen that English letters are stylistically arranged to spell out the words “Howard’s” and “Folly”.

Grape Varieties

  • 90% Syrah, 10% Alicante Bouschet

Aging/Finishing

  • No fining or cold stabilisation. Blended and bottled in March 2009

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol: 14,3%
  • Total acidity: (6.7g/l) (Ac.Tart.)
  • Volatile acidity 0.55 (g/l) (Ac.Acet.) pH: 3.53

Tasting Notes

  • Deep, dark red garnet colour, almost opaque. Complex heady mix of dark berry and plum fruits, some tarry, earthy, gamey notes. Full rich creamy palate with focused and dense fruit. Spicy vanillan and mocha notes. Great balance, structure, and length.

Serving Suggestion

  • Decant 60 minutes prior to serving with Roast meats (especially Beef and of course Yorkshire pudding!), hearty stews and soft blue cheeses.

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Wine Reviews

08/07/2015

Wine Pages – Wine of the Week

Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010, Portugal By Wine Writer Tom Cannavan. The Howard in question is an English businessman Howard Bilton, who has partnered winemaker David Baverstock (of Portugal's Esporão winery)…
08/06/2015

Financial Times review

JANCIS ROBINSON for Financial Times -14 Jul 2012 "Howard's Folly Alvarinho 2010 Vinho Verde The famous Albariño of Rias Baixas made in northern Portugal by Australian David Baverstock for a…
08/06/2015

The Parker Reviews

Howard's Folly 2006 Blend of Syrah, Alicante, Bouschet and Touriga National Deep garnet coloured. Earthy aromas of underbrush mushrooms and damp loam over espresso, tar, prunes and dried cherries…

Awards

Howard's Folly wins 2 bronzes and a silver at the HK based International Wine & Spirit Competition

Location

The Alentejo, located to the east of Lisbon, has become a leader of Portugal's renaissance for the production of premium wines.

General Enquiries

Sara Duarte Pifano da Costa Eiras
Rua da Repulica, 15
7470-109 Casa Branca
Tel: +351 927 497 549
sara@howardsfollywine.com