Wine and Art: Esporão Reserva white 2016 with labels illustrated by Duarte Belo

Wine and Art: Esporão Reserva white 2016 with labels illustrated by Duarte Belo

Ever since 1985, Esporão has commissioned an artist to create the labels for Esporão Reserva and Private Selection. This year, the company invited architect and photographer Duarte Belo, who is widely published, to shoot Herdade do Esporão and the surrounding area, capturing unique places, details and perspectives. The first of the labels has arrived with the latest vintage of Esporão Reserva white (2016), which is elegant, rich and full-bodied with the classic character of previous years.

Esporão Reserva was the first wine Esporão produced in 1985. A typical Alentejo-style wine that is produced using a careful selection and combination of traditional regional grapes – Arinto, Antão Vaz and Roupeiro – , which are grown at Herdade do Esporão. Crystalline, straw-coloured with green flecks, Esporão Reserva white 2016 boasts rich grapefruit and lemon notes, while the palate is creamy, with good structure and volume, offering excellent balance and plenty of fruit with a long and elegant aftertaste.

The uniqueness of every vintage is enhanced by each artist’s contribution. In this series, Duarte Belo defined the criteria of ‘showing the “land”, its different elements, the landscape, as well as the sky’. The artist’s photographic work has focussed primarily on landscapes and the way the terrain is occupied. Highlights of his work include: Portugal — O Sabor da Terra (1997) and Portugal Património (2007-2008). This work on Portugal has produced a personal photographic archive of over 900,000 photos. His remarkable knowledge of Portugal, and Esporão in particular, has produced four iconic pieces that illustrate the new Esporão Reserva and Private Selection vintages.