Esporão Reserva White 2015 launched with Pedro A.H. Paixão label

Esporão Reserva White 2015 launched with Pedro A.H. Paixão label

Since its first wine in 1985, Esporão has maintained the tradition of personalising the labels of each vintage, making them special by bringing together the universal culture of wine and art. Esporão Reserva White 2015 is the first of four wines to reach the market with artworks by Pedro A.H. Paixão.

The quality of the raw materials used and the care taken at all phases of the different production and ageing processes are crucial to Esporão retaining its reputation as a key producer of Alentejo and Portuguese wines.

Maintaining its strong character, Esporão Reserva White 2015 reflects the year it was made, one characterised by a very dry winter, and a spring and summer with above-average temperatures that led to an early harvest. Despite the high temperatures, there were no heatwaves and the weather remained dry during the harvest, providing high-quality grapes that produced fruity, intense and persistent wines. Integrated production methods were used, which are based on rationalizing natural resources and natural regulation, in order to achieve sustainable agriculture and higher quality fruit.

Portuguese-Australian David Baverstock and Sandra Alves are the winemakers responsible for Esporão Reserve White 2015, an Alentejo classic and one of the company’s most popular and iconic wines. It is the product of the careful selection and combination of the DOC Alentejo grape varieties, Arinto, Antao Vaz and Roupeiro, which are grown at Herdade do Esporão. After fermentation, part of the wine was aged for 6 months in new American and French oak barrels on fine lees, the other part in stainless steel vats.

Crystalline with a straw-like colour and greenish hue, this wine offers rich aromas with grapefruit and peach notes. On the palate it is creamy but complex, demonstrating an excellent fruity balance with some minerality and a long, fresh aftertaste.

Artist, academic and editor, Pedro A.H. Paixão combines the theory and practice of drawing with philosophy. For him “the wine production process, what with its ancient roots, is as if it were full of ghosts, and, as such, hugely dense. We’re not just talking about wine, a liquid you drink, but something that transmits memory, the past, loaded with the intensities, people and lives of a region. These labels offer this dialogue.”

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