Wines only produced in exceptional years from unique plots at Herdade do Esporão, which express the potential and original character of the grape variety and soil.
2013 had a rainy spring, followed by a dry summer with high temperatures during the day, offset by chilly evenings, allowing consistently ideal ripening of grapes.
The Canto do Zé Cruz vineyard was planted in 1974. Traditionally, this is the last vineyard we harvest with the Aragonez grape. Due to its age, phenolic ripeness is slower and more even, producing more aromatic, vibrant and authentic wines.
Sandy loam soil with some bedrock stones (granite), which, after 20 cm, suddenly changes to clay
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Fermentation with controlled temperatures (25 ºC) in roto-fermenters.
12 months in 500-litre, new French oak barrels, followed by 18 months in the bottle.
Wine from the “Canto do Zé Cruz” where the vines are 35 years old. Produces grapes with intense colour and concentrated aromas. Early ripener with good yields producing wine with balanced alcohol and acidity and with excellent ageing potential.
Canto do Zé Cruz, T015B
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Bright concentrated colour.
Blackcurrant and dry vegetal notes that underline the wine’s freshness and seriousness.
Elegant and intense, good depth, silky with well-integrated tannins and spiciness.
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