Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Colheita Red 2018

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Red White

CHARACTER - IRREVERENT - DETAIL
Modo de Produção Organic
Videira/Castas Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Franca and Aragonez
Solo Granite and Schist
Túlipa Betão 6 Months
Herdade Grapes 100% from Esporão's estate

WINE CONCEPT

Wine produced solely from grapes grown at Herdade do Esporão, applying organic farming methods. Expresses the typical features oi this vintage, diversity of the soil where the vines are planted, as well as the character and identity of the selected varieties.

Agriculture

Vineyard with certified organic production.

After a dry and cold winter, a rainy spring followed, restoring the proper moisture levels in the soil to initiate the vegetative cycle. The fact that temperatures in the spring, and until midsummer, were milder than in previous years, somewhat delayed the entire cycle but enabled good plant development. At the beginning of August, a heatwave that lasted five consecutive days, with temperatures above 43 degrees and strong gusts of wind, caused severe damage to the varieties that are more sensitive to this type of weather, resulting in production losses. However, most of our vineyards, which are planted primarily with varieties better adapted to these conditions, ripened slowly and regularly, ideal to preserve the freshness and aromatic intensity of the white wines, and texture, concentration and complexity of the red wines.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist origin, with loamy clay structure.

AVERAGE VINEYARDS AGE
12 years.

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Franca

VINIFICATION / MATURATION

Co-fermentation of the grapes began in the wine presses, with foot treading at controlled temperatures (22 to 25ºC), finishing in concrete tanks.

Following malolactic fermentation, aging took place in the same concrete tanks for 6 months. The unique micro-oxygenation conditions provided by this type of tank aim to preserve the wine’s character.

MORE INFORMATION

WINE MAKERS

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves.

Colour

Clear appearance, concentrated ruby color.

Aroma

Notes of ripe black fruit, plums and cocoa, with touches of spice, in a complex and intense combination.

Palate

A silky and appealing texture, where ripe fruit predominates, enveloped in mineral touches, lending a pure, vibrant and persistent character.

Formats

750 ml   ·   5 l

Bottling

Initiated in June 2019

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.68 g/l

pH

3.55

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.4 g/l