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.
2012, Wine Enthusiast – 94 points
2011, Revista de Vinhos – Melhores de Portugal
2011, Paixão pelo Vinho – 17,3 points
2011, Essência do Vinho – 17 points
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.
Lightly textured stony soils, schistous origin.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Fermented with temperature control (22ºC) in vinimatics.
12 months ageing in new and used french oak barrels, followed by 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
Deep violet colour.
Elegant palate, silky texture, long and persistent finish.
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