Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Private Selection White 2018

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Red White

WINE CONCEPT

This wine was created in 2001 with the intent to challenge the classic profile of great Alentejo wines. The maturity of the vineyard, the underestimated Semillon grape variety and the careful selection of barrel suppliers, have enabled us to build this wine’s solid, rich and complex character.

Photograph on the label by António Poppe.

Prémios

2016 – 91 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2015 – 91 points, Wine Spectator; 91 points/Year’s Best Portuguese White, Wine & Spirits

Agriculture

After a dry and cold winter, an early rainy spring followed restoring soil moisture levels suitable for the beginning of the vegetative cycle. The fact that spring temperatures and even mid-summer temperatures were milder than in previous years led to a delay of the cycle but allowed for good plant development. In early August, a heatwave of five consecutive days, with temperatures exceeding 43 degrees and accompanied by strong gusts of wind, caused severe damage in varieties more sensitive to this type of conditions, leading to production losses. However, in most of our vineyards, where grape varieties are better adapted to these events, maturation occurred slowly and regularly thus preserving the freshness and aromatic intensity of white wines and the texture, concentration and complexity of red wines.

Grapes from the Palmeiras vineyard at Herdade dos Perdigões, one of Esporão’s properties. Northwest and southwest exposure, protecting the grapes during the hottest times of day.

SOIL TYPE
Predominantly clay, deep and well drained, ideal for balanced production, aromatic development and to preserve freshness.

VINEYARD AGE
23 years.

Grape Varieties

Semillon

VINIFICATION / MATURATION

The grapes were delivered to the winery in the morning, when temperatures are at their lowest, and were placed in the pneumatic press. Long pressing cycles at low pressure enabled careful extraction for a rich must. Decanting was shorter than usual, which helped maintain the complexity of the medium. Fermentation took place in new French oak barrels (550 liters) in a temperature-controlled cellar (18ºC).

On the lees with batonnage to provide better oak integration in the wine, thereby reinforcing the creamy texture and depth. After bottling, the wine aged 6 months in the bottle, ensuring controlled maturation and giving the wine the complexity that characterizes it.

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

Clear, straw color.

Aroma

Apricot and lemon peel confit, mixed with notes of cloves, nutmeg and some white chocolate.

Palate

Wide and rich, with predominant stone fruit punctuated with notes of white pepper. Unctuous, with a long and elegant finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

July 2019

Alcohol/Volume

14.0 %

Total Acidity

6.19 g/l

pH

3.23

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.8 g/l