From the legendary 1840, Fonseca’s first Vintage Port release, to the superb declared vintages of the last decade, the house has produced a succession of highly acclaimed wines even in the most adverse moments of history.
James Suckling, in his authoritative book on Vintage Port, put it as follows: “The vintage Ports of Fonseca are perhaps the most consistently great of them all. Not only do they have a striking fleshiness and powerful richness when young, but they retain that youthfulness for decades.”
It is a blend of wines produced from white grapes grown mainly on the upper slopes of the Douro Valley. The grapes used include the Arinto, Malvasia Fina, Codega, Esgana Cão, Folgasão, Gouveio, Viosinho and Rabigato varieties.
The individual wines are aged in oak vats for about three years, where they acquire mellowness and character. They are blended to produce a rich white port in the traditional smooth, full-bodied style.
Rich, fragrant nose with aromas of mellow fruit and hints of honey and oak. Full body, velvety palate and long flavour some finish.
Fonseca White is traditionally served chilled as an aperitif. It can also be drunk – poured over ice in a glass, topped up with tonic and a leaf of fresh mint. Accompanied by salted almonds or olives, it is an excellent aperitif