Private Selection White was created in 2001 with a desire to challenge the classic profile of great Alentejo white wines. To achieve this, we decided to base the wine on the underated Semillon variety and the use of new French oak barrels for fermentation and maturation. With growing the vineyard maturity and a careful selection of barrel suppliers the solid, rich and complex style of this wine has been reinforced over the years.
We defied the plastic artist Alberto Carneiro to illustrate this year’s label.
Integrated Production (certificate)
The 2013 viticultural year was characterized by a cool and wet spring, followed by a dry summer with large diurnal temperatures, making for good maturation conditions and sound healthy grapes.
Deep free draining clay soils predominate, ideal for balanced yields and the evolution of fresh aromatic grapes.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
The grapes are handpicked in the cool of the morning and crushed directly into the membrane press. Long, low pressure pressing cycles are used allowing for careful juice extraction. Short decantation times are used to allow for a richer must and more complex fermentation in large new French oak barrels (550 litres) in a temperature controlled cellar (18ºC).
Ageing on lees in barrel for 6 months with regular stirring allows for optimum oak integration and adds volume and creaminess to the palate.
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.
The Semillon grapes used in this wine were planted on the Herdade dos Perdigões estate in 1996, using northwest/southwest exposure in order to maximize fruit protection from extreme sunlight.
David Baverstock and Sandra Alves
Crystal clear, straw colour.
On the nose reveals ripe stone fruits with exotic edges, some white chocolate notes and toasty oak complexity.
Rich and unctuous palate with elegance, balance, length and persistence.
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