Setúbal Moscatel is a dessert wine produced in Portugal in the Setubal Península in the south of Lisbon, which was recognised as a D.O.C. in 1907. The vineyards are planted mainly in limestone and sandy soil. The type of climate is Mediterranean. As elsewhere, the microclimate has great influence. Here, it often creates nightly humidity and dew point coming from the Tagus River Basin during the late ripening stage of the grapes. This humidity plays an important role, in terms of moisture content, since it seldom rains during the summer.
Domingos Soares Franco, Winemaker and Vice President, studied viticulture and oenology in Davis, California. After graduation he joined the company in the 1980s and, being one of the most innovative of the new generation of Portuguese winemakers, brought significant changes to the style of his wines.
José Maria da Fonseca is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wineries in Portugal, producing wines and Setubal Moscatel. The Soares Franco family owns José Maria da Fonseca and has been involved in the wine business for over 177 years. With over 650 hectares of land under vine in our main wine regions: Setúbal Peninsula, Alentejo and Douro, José Maria Fonseca also boasts Portugal’s largest winery, with capacity to produce 6.5 million litres of wine in a totally computerised operation.
- Type of soil: Clay-Lime and sandy.
- Vinification: Fermentation stops when brandy is added; it has a skin contact of 5 months.
- Ageing: In used oak. No ageing in bottle is necessary due to its oxidative stage.
- Serving suggestions: As an aperitif serve at a temperature of 10ºC; as a dessert wine serve at 16ºC.
- Storage: The bottles should be stored at a temperature of 12o C and 60% humidity.
- Shelf life: Several years
- Colour: Dark gold.
- Aroma: Orange, apricot, caramel and grapefruit.
- Palate: Very fruity, soft, balanced and good fruit acidity.
- Finish: Very long.