Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Andorinhos Vineyard: Petit Verdot

2011 2008

Red

Wine Concept

Wines produced only in exceptional years. Made from singular grape parcels from the estate vineyards that express the unique potential and character of the individual grape variety.

Awards

2012, Wine Enthusiast – 92 points

2011, Essência do Vinho – 17,5 points

Agriculture

Integrated Production (certificate)

Temperatures and rainfall were normal and within the average values for the last 10 years. The summer, although very dry, had fairly low average temperatures which resulted in ideal grape maturation conditions.

SOIL TYPE
Loamy soil with schistous outcrops.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
10 years

Grape Varieties

Petit Verdot

Vinification / Maturation

Controlled temperature fermentation (24ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.

12 months ageing in used french oak barrels, followed by 12 months bottle ageing prior to market release.

More Information

Wine made from Petit Verdot grapes grown on the “Andorinhos” Vineyard. Late season ripener with low yields. Produces wines which surprise for their strong aromatic personality and great potential for bottle ageing.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

Colour

Deep violet.

Palate

Firm and well structured palate, elegant, good acidity, excellent ageing potential.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

December 2009

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.04 g/l

pH

3.59

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l