Alves de Sousa Abandonado 2017

From a vineyard with over 80 years and left abandoned for some years. The ones that resisted in such extreme conditions shown a unique personality and character.
With this wine, we celebrate the unique old vines of Douro.


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  • Alcohol:14,5% vol

  • Grape Variety:Tinta Amarela,Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão, others (20 indigenous grapes field-blend) 

  • Serving Temperature:17ºC

  • Type:Red

  • Winemakers:Tiago Alves de Sousa

  • Pairing:Veal, Beef, Lamb, Poultry, Pasta, Game (deer, venison)

  • Capacity:75cl


  • Vineyard:A vineyard over 80 years old, with several lacks due to a partial abandonment for some years. Situated on a slope with intense sun exposure and great pieces of shale on the surface. The people of the estate always knew it as the “Vine of the Abandoned one” (pt. Vinha do Abandonado). For years we’ve tried to recover the vineyard and to replant the deceased grapevines. But we were forced to give up. Even with all our care only the original and most resistant ones were able to subsist in such extreme conditions. In 2004, we’ve decided to isolate it in our winery for the first time. It showed immediately a unique personality and character. We’ve decided to bottle it as our very personal homage to the also unique old vines of the Douro. Today we celebrate them.
  • Climate:Mediterranean Continental, hot days and cool nights during the maturation
  • Soil:Schist
  • Age of Vineyards:Over 80 years
  • Vinification:Total destemming, 9 days fermentation with temperature control and 10 days maceration
  • Ageing:18 months in new French and Portuguese oak (225L capacity.)
  • Temperature and Service Conditions: 17ºC decant for 1 hour before serving
  • Aging ability in the bottle: 20-25 years
  • Tasting notes:Deep ruby colour. Great aromatic complexity and freshness, with quite unique (but typical from the Abandonado vineyard) balsamic and tar flavours, liquorice and black berries. Pure refinement, with delicacy, minerality and an extraordinary purity of fruit. It feels the schist, the surrounding forest, the freshness of the altitude, in a pure expression of the vineyard’s nature. An exercise of pure elegance and class of one of the most iconic vineyards of the Douro and Portugal.


Weight 1.5 kg

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Alves de Sousa's family produces their own wines, according to a family tradition that begun 5 generations, which is today also being continued by his children.