Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Defesa do Esporão Rose 2016

2017 2016 2015 2014

Red White Rose

Wine Concept

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


Spring had lower temperatures and higher humidity than in previous years – ideal climatic conditions for fungal diseases in the vines, implying increased care 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. The hot weather continued throughout the harvest, fruit condition was excellent. Despite the heat, sugar levels were normal and acidities a little lower than normal.

Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil

10 years

Grape Varieties

Aragonez, Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

Aragonez and Syrah vinified with short maceration time. Destemming, must chilling, short skin contact, pneumatic pressing, and fermentation with temperature control (15ºC) in stainless steel tanks, centrifugation, cold stabilization and filtration.

More Information

In the 18th century, João de Aboim, a descendent of Egas Moniz and an important figure in the time of King Afonso III, created, from the different lands given by the Monsaraz and Portel municipalities, Defesa do Esporão one of the oldest estates of this type in Southern Portugal.

Defesas were large demarcated estates that were defended against grazing cattle from other areas and directly linked to the founding of Portugal during the Christian reconquest of the south. Examples of agro-forestry and pastoralist systems, defesas had a variety of uses. Deriving from the Mediterranean forest, at the time of the founders, the defesas reclaimed land from forests for the purpose of pasture.

Defesa do Esporão was one of the key examples of this type of estate linked to the founding of Portugal. Its boundaries, which were established in the late-13th century by a charter kept at Torre do Tombo national archive, have remained unchangend until today.

For centuries, the estate has employed agro-forestry and pastoralist methods based on the preservation of biodiversity and a multifunctional system that Esporão considers best practice to protect our ecosystem.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves


Bright pink.


Fresh, red berry fruit aromatics, cherries, leafy.


Intense fruity palate, raspberry notes, balanced, firm and persistent.


750 ml


13 %

Total Acidity

6.7 g/l



Reducing Sugar / Baumé

1 g/l