2011, Wine Enthusiast – 90 points
2010, Tasting Panel Magazine WSWA Wine Competition – Gold
2010, Wine Spectator – 98 points
2010, Wine Enthusiast – 90 points
2010, ExpoVinis – Tintos Velho Mundo
2009, Wine Enthusiast – 90 points
2009, International Wine Challenge – Gold
2009, Wine Entusiast – 90 points
2009, Revista de Vinhos – Contest Touriga Nacional – Silver
Integrated Production (certified)
2007 is one of the best years of the decade, marked by a very cool spring, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and gradually. The harvest took place in mild weather, which helped the resulting aromas and flavours develop more fully.
Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Fermentation with temerature control (22ºC to 25ºC) in rotary tanks.
Aged for 12 months in new french oak barrels, before being aged for a further 12 months in bottle prior to market release.
Its roots go back to Badeco Vineyard, at Herdade do Esporão, in 1988 and is probably the oldest vineyard with this grape in the Alentejo region.
It is a wine that is only produced in exceptional years and the outcome of intense experimentation and collaboration between the winemaking and viticulture teams at Herdade do Esporão. 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 the continuous trials is the launch of such unique wines, each variety producing limited quantities.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Intense red with purple edges.
Complex floral notes suggesting orange blossom and violets.
Intense and elegant, silky texture, spicy berry and toast flavours, well balanced.
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