Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Private Selection Red

2012 2011 2009 2008 2007

Red White

Wine Concept

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.

Awards

2014, Essência do Vinho – 17.5 points

2011, Shanghai International Wine Challenge – Silver

Agriculture

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.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist geology with clay/loam soils.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
20 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

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.

More Information

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.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

Colour

Deep dense red colour.

Palate

Dense, compact palate with firm tannins, well structured, finishing long and with good persistence.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

June 2011

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

6.41 g/l

pH

3.48

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l