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’ve invited the artist Pedro A.H. Paixão to illustrate this year’s label.
A dry winter followed by above average temperatures in spring and summer, gave rise to an early start to the harvest. Although temperatures continued to be high, there was no extreme heat during the vintage, and the dry conditions were excellent for fruit quality, producing wines with intense, persistent, aromatic fruit.
The Semillon grapes used in this wine were planted on the Herdade dos Perdigões estate, which belongs to Esporão, in 1996, using northwest/southwest exposure in order to maximize fruit protection from extreme sunlight.
Deep free draining clay soils predominate, ideal for balanced yields and the evolution of fresh aromatic grapes.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
20 years old
Grapes picked during the cool morning hours and membrane pressed using long cycles at low pressure allowing for careful extraction and rich musts. Short period of cold settling to give higher solids in the must. Fermentation in new French oak barrels (550 litres) with temperature controlled cellar (18 ºC).
Maturation in barrel with lees stirring for up to 9 months to facilitate a better quality of integration between wine and oak, resulting in increased texture and depth. After bottling, the wine received 6 months bottle ageing before market release, allowing for greater richness and complexity.
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 Sandra Alves
Crystal clear straw colour.
Balanced and complex, with notes of grapefruit and fresh apricots, discrete toasty notes nicely integrated, roasted almonds and white pepper.
Richly textured and elegant, toasty oak adding to a well-structured palate; long, deep and persistent finish.
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