Defesa do Esporão Red 2016

Wine Concept

A wine with a contemporary style, having an elegant and intense profile. The wines show the character of the selected vineyard parcels on the Estate.

Agriculture

Spring had lower temperatures and higher humidity than in previous years, ideal climatic conditions for fungal diseases in the vines, implying increased care in the vines to avoid mildew attacks. The cooler temperatures at this time of year provided a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the heat felt since July, the beginning of the harvest took place about 10 days later than usual. Warm temperatures continued throughout the harvest period, but the grapes arrived with excellent quality, with moderate sugar levels and acidity slightly lower than the average of previous years.

SOIL TYPE
Clay loam structure, granite/schist origin

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
10 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

Varieties harvested and vinified separately, destemmed/crushed, temperature controlled fermentation (22-25ºC) in stainless steel, pressed, controlled malolactic fermentation in tank.

Part of the blend was aged in tank, the other part in french oak for a period of 6 months. Proceed 6 month bottle maturation before market release.

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Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Colour

Clear, intense ruby.

Aroma

Black berry and fresh cacao, with toasty notes of French oak.

Palate

Creamy and solid texture, with smooth tannins, leading to an intense and persistent finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

April 2017

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

6.4 g/l

pH

3.6

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.2 g/l