Esporão Red Reserve

Herdade do Esporão

 
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Philosophy:

Classic wine style made from estate grown grapes that shows the consistency and the rich, ripe fruit characters which are typical of the best Alentejo red wines.

Harvest Year:

Damp, stormy weather during the Spring period resulted in a lower than average grape production. A mild summer with cool nights resulted in grapes of very high quality.

Viticulture:

Soil Type: Clay loam soils with granite and schist mother rock.
Average age of vines: 15 years.

Grapes Varieties:

Aragonês, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet.

Vinification:

Each variety hand picked and vinified separately, fermented in open tanks with robotic plunging and temperature control (22-25ºC), membrane pressed, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Maturation:

Matured for 12 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak barrels. Following bottling, the wine was aged for 12 months before market release.

Bottling:

March 2013.

Chemical Analyses

Alcohol: 14,5%
Total Acidity: 6,90 g/l
pH: 3,55
Reducing Sugar: 2,5 g/l

Wine makers:

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão.

Colour:

Deep dark red colour.

Aroma:

Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oak complexity.

Palate:

Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.

Ideal Consumption Date:

2014-2020

Formats Available:

750 ml, 1,5 L, 3 L.

Review:

Esporão Reserva Red 1993 –International wine challenge 1997 – Expovina – Gold;

Esporão Red 1997 - Concours Internationel des Vins 2000 - Gold;

Esporão Reserva Red 2002 - Internationale Wein-Prämierung 2005
– Gold - Expovina;

Esporão Reserva Red 2004 - Wijn van het jaar - Proefschrift Wijnconcours/Holanda – Best Red 2008 <20€;

Esporão Reserva Red 2004 - Wine Competition Lithuania 2010 - Gold;

Esporão Reserva Red 2005 - 4º Alentejo Bottled Wine Contest – 1st prize;

Esporão Reserva Red 2006 - Wine Entusiast 2009 - 92 points
- Cellar Selection;

Esporão Reserva Red 2006 - Wine Enthusiast 2010 - 92 points.

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