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Sousão is a dyeing variety (i.e. with color in the pulp) from the North of the country - "it is said to come from the banks of the Lima river" - Girão wrote in 1822. He also says that it has so much color that one can use the skins "to make an excellent dye to cover the wines lacking color", as if describing the current role of Sousão in the Douro. Further north, the same variety with the virile name of Vinhão, is drunk raw, extreme, rough and proud as a bastion of the last signs of rurality. So is this Sousão or Vinhão?
Cima Corgo, 270m altitude, 70m above the river.
The grapes are hand picked and transported in 18 kg boxes. In the winery, press, cold maceration and 100% maturation in new French oak barrels for 14 months.
Elegant and intense ruby color as Sousão can give us. In the aroma one can feel the freshness, a velvety attack with a good middle of mouth and a persistent finish.
2000 bottles in April 2023.
Store at 12ºC to be served at 16ºC and drink at 18ºC.
Goes well with meat, game and lamb.