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Howard's Folly Sonhador Red 2011

Technical Information

Grape Varieties: 30% Syrah, 30% Alicante Bouchet, 30% Aragonez and 10% Touriga Nacional
Harvest Information: Handpicked / transported in 15kg plastic crates
Dates: Syrah 12/9, Aragonez 10/09, Alicante 26/9 and Touriga 16/9
Yield: Approx 4-6 tons/ha
Vinification: The 2011 growing season was characterized by mild temperature growing season and fine warm weather during the harvest. The grapes were picked in excel-lent 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.
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%
Total acidity: (7.0g/l)
Volatile acidity: 0.52 (g/l)



Wine Tasting Notes

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

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