Howard’s Folly Sonhador Alvarinho 2016 is hand-picked, bunch sorted, de-stemmed and then crushed. 48 hours of cold settling adding mouthfeel with cultured yeast to complete fermentation. Extended lees ageing adds texture, then cold stabilised and bottled. Lots of white peach, lemon and a lick of apricot throughout the aroma and palate. Crisp mouthfeel upfront but with texture and a solid scented length. The palate of the Howard’s Folly Sonhador Alvarinho is developing with lots of lemon and a hint of honey. Firm structure with intense fruit with layered complexity coming from the lees ageing. Scented rich finish, serve cold with seafood for max enjoyment.
Grapes come from Moncao and Melgaco, sub-regions of Vinho Verde in the north-west of Portugal. Typically cool climate with stony granite soils helps the wines acid profile remain structured and crisp. Awesome label.
Howard’s Folly is a small producer with Aussie winemaker, David Bavistock at the helm. Producing wines from Alentejo as well as the north-west. Set up by Howard Bilton and David Bavistock in 2002 to create wines of origin and authenticity, David has decades of experience and pioneered modern winemaking in Portugal and is the only non-Portuguese national to win winemaker of the year twice.
Focusing on Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Trincadera and Alvarinho with an average age of 22 years. Red grapes hailing from the Portalegre vineyard in Alentejo and the Alvarinho coming from Melgaco and Moncao in the north-west. Howard’s Folly also have contracts with local growers who look after smaller plots of older vines. These grapes go towards the single vineyards wines or the super-premium blends.
They offer a winemaking experience on-site too. There you can learn about the importance of wine blending, a very important tool in the winemakers shed. A great way to learn more about Portuguese winemaking and the main varieties.