Private Selection is our concept of the classic Alentejo Garrafeira: intense, complex and rich aromatics without excesses and a well balanced palate with structure for long term ageing.
We defied the plastic artist Lourdes de Castro to illustrate this year’s label.
2014, Essência do Vinho – 17.5 points
2011, Shanghai International Wine Challenge – Silver
Integrated Production (certified)
An extremely dry year, with rainfall concentrated between December and February. The period from March to August was hotter than average, resulting in an early vintage. With these higher temperatures during the growing season, most grapes were picked in very ripe conditions resulting in rich wines with body and depth.
Granite/schist geology with clay/loam soils.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Hand picked by variety, fruit selected on sorting table, destemming and crushing, fermentation with temperature control in small open tanks with foot treading ( 22ºC – 25ºC), basket pressing, malolactic fermentation in new french oak barrels.
18 months barrel maturation and 18 months bottle maturation, prior to bottle release.
Esporão Private Selection Red is an extension of Esporão Garrafeira Red, which was first launched in 1987. Initially, we simply chose the best barrels of Esporão Reserva; however, over time, we began to understand our vineyards better, naturally developing a selection of the finest plots at the Herdade. At the end of the 1990s, we built a winery exclusively for this wine, which became the focus of our attention. In 2001, Esporão Private Selection White was produced, which was designed to challenge the classic profile of great wines from the Alentejo.
Its solid structure, personality and complexity are the result of climactic conditions, the selection of the finest grapes from our terroir and our winemakers’ creativity. These are exclusive wines, made in small quantities for intense and intimate moments.
Every year we invite an artist to illustrate its labels, thus combining the Portuguese culture of winemaking with art.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Deep dense red colour.
Intense aromas of ripe red berry fruits with smokey notes.
Dense, compact palate with firm tannins, well structured, finishing long and with good persistence.
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