Macanita Sousao TInto Douro 2018
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Antonio Maçanita is one of the most dynamic, brilliant young winemakers in Portugal, crafting wines everywhere from the Azores archipelago to Alentejo. Sourcing from sites spread across the 3 subzones of the Douro, the Maçanita family uses classic Douro grape varieties with modern winemaking techniques to produce wines of balance, elegance and true Douro character.
Maçanita Sousão is a wine intended to provoke as many questions as it answers. Sousão in the Douro is genetically identical to Vinhao in the adjacent Vinho Verde region, but tends to make very different wine in the two appellations. This single vineyard Sousão was planted in 1992 on schist soils at an average altitude of 100m. The grapes were hand harvested, and all bunches inspected for quality on a sorting table before they are gently crushed and racked by gravity into cement for native yeast fermentation. Following a maceration period of 25 days with light foot pigeage, the wine is racked by gravity into new French oak for 18 months.