SONHADOR 2011

The 2011 growing season was characterized by mild temperature growing season and fine warm weather during the harvest. The grapes were picked in excellent condition, with good sugar and acid balance. The established HF varieties of Syrah, Aragonez, TN and AB were picked and vinified separately , for add-ed complexity in the final blend. Ageing in used French and American oak barrels for 9 months. Bottling in April 2013

The wine, for release in 2015, is showing fresh and attractive aromas of plums, cherries and black cur-rants. The palate is smooth, elegant and supple, with great balance and a firm supportive tannic structure. Drinking well now but will improve another 3-5 years ageing.

Grape Varietie

  • 30% Syrah, 30% Alicante Bouchet, 30% Aragonez, 10% Touriga Nacional

Harvest Information

  • Handpicked / transported in 15kg plastic crates

Dates

  • Syrah – 12/9, Aragonez 10/09, Alicante 26/9 Touriga 16/9

Crushing

  • Destalked prior to gentle crushing

Tanks

  • Small 15ton fermenters with regular pump-overs and delastage

Temperature

  • 24°C to 27°C

Ageing

  • 9 months in used French and American oak barrels

Finishing

  • No fining or cold stabilisation. Blended and bottled in April 2013

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol – 14%

Wine Tasting Notes

  • Deep, dark red colour, almost opaque
  • fresh and attractive aromas of plums, cherries and black currants
  • The palate is smooth, elegant and supple, with great balance and a firm supportive tannic structure.

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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