Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Private Selection Red 2016

2016 2014 2013 2012 2011 2009 2008 2007

Red White

Wine Concept

Esporão Private Selection red was launched for the first time in 1987, under the name “Garrafeira”. Initially produced from the best barrels of Esporão Reserva, today this wine results from a combination of select fields in the territories where we are present, in Alentejo.   A wine that expresses the diversity and richness of Esporão. In exceptional years, this combination originates Torre do Esporão.

Awards

Wine Enthusiast

94 pts | 2014 | 2011

93 pts | Cellar Selection | 2012 | 2007 | 2005

92 pts | Cellar Selection 2008

Wine Advocate / Robert Parker

92 pts+ | 2014

92 pts | 2007 | 2003

91 pts | 2008

90 pts | 2009 | 2004

Agriculture

Spring was cooler and wetter than previous year. The lower temperatures led to a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the hotter weather from July onwards, the harvest began 10 days later than usual. The warmer conditions continued throughout the vintage, grape quality was excellent, and, despite the heat, sugar levels remained normal, with slightly lower acidity.

SOIL GEOLOGY

Canto de Zé Cruz vineyard (Aragonez) – Sandy loam soil with some bedrock stones (granite), which, after 20 cm, suddenly changes to clay.

Rochedo vineyard (Touriga Franca) – Sandy Clay Loam texture, granite soils that transition to schist. 

Palmeiras vineyard (Alicante Bouschet) – Deep clay soils with good drainage.

Machuguinho vineyard (Alicante Bouchet) – Vineyard is located at an altitude of 400m, with granite soils and sandy texture.

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Touriga Franca

Vinification / Maturation

Each parcel was vinified and aged separately, according to each grape variety’s potential and profile.
Aragonez initiated the fermentation in marble lagares with foot treading and finish it in concrete vats. Ageing in 5000 liters French oak barrels.  
Touriga Nacional, fermented in marble lagares with foot treading.  Ageing in 500 liters French oak barrels, where the malolactic fermentation occurred. 
Both parcels of Alicante Bouschet initiated fermentation separately in concrete vats. Then the malolactic fermentation occurred in 500 liters French oak barrels, followed by 18 months ageing.

18 months in French oak barrels (500 and 5000 liters), followed by two years in bottle.

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 & Sandra Alves

Colour

Deep and dark.

Aroma

Complex aroma of mature black fruit, hints of fresh cocoa and Pepper.

Palate

A silky texture but equally compact, firm tannic structure to ensure persistence and intensity.

Formats

750 ml   ·   1,5 l

Bottling

Agosto 2018

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.64 g/l

pH

3.58

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

3 g/l