The first wine made by Esporão in 1985. Made from estate grown grapes, shows the consistency and the rich, ripe fruit characters which are typical of the best Alentejo red wines.
We defied the artist Duarte Belo to illustrate this year’s label.
2018, Mundus Vini Spring Tasting – Gold Medal
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.
Clay loam soils with granite and schist mother rock
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Each variety handpicked and vinified separately, fermented in stainless steel tanks with manual pumpovers alongside open tanks with robotic plunging and temperature control (22º-25ºC), membrane pressed, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Matured for 12 months in 60% American oak and 40% French oak barrels. Following bottling, the wine was aged for at least 8 months before market release.
Esporão Reserva was the first wine produced by Esporão, in 1985. It was born from our desire to produce the best wines in Alentejo. Over the years, it has been a wine that has led us to innovate, to grow, to look at our origins, to care about nature and see beyond. We have adopted sustainable agricultural practices, more recently we have converted all our vineyards to organic farming, built new wineries and traveled to other markets, taking Alentejo and Portugal to the world.
Art accompanies Esporão Reserva from the first moment. Every year we invite a new artist to illustrate our labels and each work tells a story that is completed within.
David Baverstock and Sandra Alves
Aromas of dark plum preservatives, fresh minty and spicy notes with some clove hints. Complex and persistent bouquet.
Balanced on the palate, with velvety tanins full of character, in harmony with the fruit that is the protagonist in an intense and elegant finish.