The purchase of 32 pipes of Port from the Real Companhia Velha in 1815 began the story of one of the great names of Port, Fonseca, and the story of ﬁve great families of the Douro Valley. The Fonsecas and the Monteiros, who originally established the business, the Guimaraens who built the ﬁrm’s reputation as a ‘First Growth’ vintage Port producer, the Yeatmans who steered the company into a new millennium, and the Taylor’s Port family who have brought Fonseca successfully into its third century.
Fonseca Siroco is a dry white port first introduced in the 1950s and named after the warm wind which blows over the Mediterranean from North Africa. It is a blend of classic white Port grape varieties, predominantly Malvasia Fina with smaller proportions of Gouveio, Viosinho, Rabigato and Arinto, grown on the cooler, higher vineyards of the Douro Valley. To achieve its crisp dry finish, the wine is made in the traditional way, by foot treading and is allowed to ferment for longer than other styles of Port before it is fortified. Ageing in small oak vats gives Siroco its smoothness as well as its attractive ripe fruit flavours and delicate nuttiness.
Siroco has a pale, straw colour. A superb balance of ripe fruit, delicate acidity and elegant notes of wood aging. Full and fruity on the palate this wine has a glorious lingering finish and an attractive, refreshing crispness. In most countries, Port is traditionally enjoyed at the end of the meal. The exception to this rule is white Port. Siroco makes an excellent aperitif. It can also be drunk poured over ice in a glass, topped up with tonic and a leaf of fresh mint. Drink with salted almonds or olives.