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. Label by Anne Geene.
94 pts | 2016 | 2014 | 2011
93 pts | Cellar Selection | 2012 | 2007 | 2005
92 pts | Cellar Selection 2008
Wine Advocate / Robert Parker
93 pts | 2016
92 pts+ | 2014
92 pts | 2007 | 2003
93 pts | 2013
The 2019 agricultural year recorded temperatures corresponding to the average for the last 20 years, while the recorded rainfall values were below the average values for the same period. In the spring and up until the beginning of the summer, temperatures were higher than in 2018, which led to a considerable advance in the phenology of the vine, translating into the anticipation of the harvest in about 2 weeks, compared to 2018. The summer registered lower temperatures in the veraison phase, promoting a constant and homogeneous ripening process, ideal conditions for raw material of excellent quality.
Herdade do Esporão
Canto de Zé Cruz vineyard (Aragonez) – Planted in 1980 at an altitude of 200m. Sandy loam soil with some bedrock stones (granite), which, after 20 cm, suddenly changes to clay.
Rochedo vieyard (Touriga Franca) – Planted in 2005 at an altitude of 200m. Sandy Clay Loam texture, granite soils that transition to schist.
Herdade dos Perdigões
Palmeiras vineyard (Alicante Bouschet) – Planted in 1996 at an altitude of 225m. Deep clay soils with good drainage.
Machuguinho vineyard (Alicante Bouchet) – Planted in 2005 at an altitude of 400m. With granite soils and sandy texture.
Each grape variety was picked separately in due regard for its location and individual characteristics.
In 2019, Aragonez was harvested on 22 August, started their fermentation in marble lagares (troughs) with foot treading, before heading to concrete vats for malolactic fermentation and were then transferred to 5000-litre French oak tanks for ageing.
Touriga Franca was harvested on 9 of September, started their fermentation in marble lagares (troughs) with foot treading. Then transferred to 500-litre, French oak barrels for both malolactic fermentation and ageing.
Touriga Nacional had a similar vinification, it also reached the winery on 9 of September. Fermented in marble lagares (troughs) with foot treading. Then transferred to 225-litre, French oak barrels for ageing.
The grapes from both Alicante Bouschet plots were fermented separately in concrete vats. Malolactic fermentation took place in new, 500-litre French oak barrels, where they were aged for 18 months. Alicante Bouschet from Palmeiras vineyard was harvested on 12 Setempter and Alicante from Machuguinho vineyard on 18 September.
18 months in French oak barrels (225, 500 and 5000 litters), followed by two years in bottle.
Private Selection Red:
Over time, we have been expanding the knowledge about our land in Alentejo. We have a better understanding of its potential and make the most of the uniqueness of the vineyards to produce fine wines, at nature’s pace.
That knowledge takes shape in Private Selection, through a combination of select parcels from the different territories, along with separate vinification and ageing, according to each variety’s profile. This is a full-bodied wine, with texture, intensity, and vitality, that reflects the diversity and richness of Esporão’s territories in Alentejo and, in exceptional years, results in Torre do Esporão.
Private Selection White:
Esporão Private Selection white was launched in 2001 under the name “Garrafeira”. The desire to make a distinctive white wine that would challenge the classic profile of the great wines of the Alentejo, led winemaker David Baverstock to bring the Sémillon grape variety from Australia to our Herdade dos Perdigões estate. This French origin grape variety is iconic in the Barrosa Valley region of Australia, where it grows in a climate similar to that of the Alentejo.
Planted in granitic soils, clayey and deep, the Palmeiras vineyard has adapted well to our soils and the Alentejo heat. It is from this vineyard that the Private Selection White was born.
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Sandra Alves & David Baverstock
Complex aroma with notes of spices, liquorice and pepper. Complemented with hints of mature black fruit.
A silky and dense texture. A firm but very elegant tannic structure to ensure long and elegante finish.