Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Alicante Bouschet 2015

2015 2013 2012 2010 2009 2008 2007

Red

Wine Concept

A red juice grape variety of French origin. Introduced in Alentejo in the 19th century. Produces concentrated, full-bodied wines with good ageing potential.

This wine is the result of the expression of Alicant Bouschet grape variety from three different origins in a very good vintage year for this grape. It combines the intensity, texture, and concentration of Reguengos de Monsaraz sub-region with the vitality of the altitude of Portalegre.

Awards

Wine Enthusiast

93 pts | 2013 Cellar Selection

92 pts | 2012

91 pts | 2009

Agriculture

2015 presented the ideal conditions for this grape variety maturation. A dry winter followed by above average temperatures in spring and summer, gave rise to an early start to the harvest. Although temperatures continued to be high, there was no extreme heat during the vintage, and the dry conditions were excellent for fruit quality, producing wines with intense, persistent, aromatic fruit.

 

Herdade do Esporão: Andorinhos vineyard – Schist soils with sandy loam texture. Vines with more than 15 years old.

Herdade dos Perdigões: Palmeiras vineyard – Granite soils, with clay texture, deep dark soils with good drainage. Vines with more than 25 years old.

Propriedade dos Lavradores: Machuguinho Vineyard – Vineyard is located at an altitude of 400m, with granite soils and sandy texture. Vines with more than 15 years old.

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet

Vinification / Maturation

Hand-picked. Vinified in small concrete tanks

One year in 5000 liters (30% of the batch), and 500 liters (70% of the batch) French oak barrels. Followed by a minimum of two years in the bottle. 

More Information

Originating from Vinha das Palmeiras, at Herdade dos Perdigões, where Alicante Bouschet was first planted 10 years ago, this wine is consistently produced.

It is only made in exceptional years and the result of intense experimentation and collaboration between Herdade do Esporão’s winemaking and viticulture teams. This involves the vinification of small blends of the same grape variety from different plots, in which the final goal is to understand and enhance the character of each grape associated with the type of soil and microclimate where it is grown.

The result of these continuous trials is the launch of these unique wines, each variety producing limited quantities.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock & Sandra Alves

Colour

Deep, concentrated color.

Aroma

Complex varietal aroma with black plum, dark chocolate and slight leather notes.

Palate

The classic tannic structure is complemented by intense fruit and a long, spicy finish.

Sizes

750 ml   ·   1,5 l

Bottling

July 2017

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.6 g/l

pH

3.54

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

3.3 g/l