Mouchao Sobremesa Dessert Tonel Aged is a Port style wine made by this famous Alentejo estate. Sobremesa means dessert in Portuguese. The wine previously known as Mouchao Licoroso and is a vintage, fortified red wine. It is bottled Vinho Licoroso DOC Alentejo.
The Herdade do Mouchao estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved there from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade de Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but decided to start making wine. The estate stayed in the Reynolds family until April 1974 when it was seized by the Portuguese military dictatorship and the Reynolds were evicted. The estate was eventually returned to them in 1985.
Mouchao is most famous for their fantastic red wines made from the Alicante Bouschet grape variety and the Mouchao Sobremesa Dessert wine is also made from this blackest of red grapes. After harvest the Alicante Bouchet grapes are foot trodden in traditional stone lagers and undergo alcoholic fermentation. Then, when the fermentation has reached the required point, it is stopped by the additon of high eau-de-vie (unaged brandy). Stopping the fementation short (compared to red wine fermentation) means that a lot of natural sweetness is left in the wine. After the wine has been fortified it is then aged for 5 years in 1000 litre oak barrels (also known as “tonels”).When bottled, the final ABV is usually somewhere between 18 and 22%.
The 2012 Mouchao Sobremesa Dessert wine has an ABV of 20%.
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