Private Selection White was created in 2001 to challenge the classic profile of great Alentejo wines, reinforcing its consistency year after year, as a distinct wine, rich and complex, guaranteed by the vineyard’s maturity, the underestimated Semillon grape variety and the careful selection of the barrels where it ages.

Featuring a label by António Poppe, this edition reasserts Esporão’s relationship with art, which began in 1985.

This wine that now reaches the market is a clear, straw color. On the nose, aromas of apricot and preserved lemon peel stand out, mixed with notes of clove, nutmeg, and some white chocolate. Ample and rich flavors with white pulp fruits predominating and hints of white pepper. Creamy on the palate, with a long and elegant finish.

Esporão Private Selection White 2018, that ages for six months in French oak barrels and another six months in the bottle, is crafted using grapes from the Palmeiras vineyard at Herdade dos Perdigões, one of Esporão’s properties, facing northwest and southwest, which protects the grapes during the hottest times of the day. This year, after a dry and cold winter, a rainy spring followed, restoring the proper moisture levels in the soil to initiate the vegetative cycle. Mild temperatures until mid-summer led to a slower but fuller ripening of the grapes, which then resisted the temperatures above 40 degrees centigrade felt in August, helping preserve the freshness, aromatic intensity, and complexity of the white wines developed by David Baverstock and Sandra Alves.