Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Reserva Red 2018

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

Red White

Wine Concept

The first wine made by Esporão in 1985. Obtained from grapes grown at Herdade do Esporão, it shows the consistency and rich character typical of the best Alentejo wines. Label illustrated by Anne Geene.

Reviews

Robert Parker

90 Pts | 2017 | 2010 | 2007

91 Pts | 2016 | 2009

92 Pts | 2011

Wine Enthusiast

91 pts | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

92 pts | 2014 | 2013 | 2010 | 2006

93 pts | 2011

Wine Spectator 

90 pts | 2014

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 heat wave 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.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist origin with clay/loam structure.

VINEYARD AGE
18 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Aragonez, Syrah, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga Franca

Vinification / Maturation

Each variety harvested separately, destemmed, crushed, temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats, concrete tanks and small marble basins, pressed, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

12 months in American (60%) and French (40%) oak barrels. After bottling, the wine aged 8 months in the bottle.

More Information

The first wine to be produced by Esporão in 1985. A classic wine made exclusively with grapes from Herdade do Esporão, it offers the consistency and personality typical of the unique terroir from whence it comes.

The viticulture employed involves integrated production methods which are based on rationalising natural resources and the use of natural regulation, thus contributing to sustainable agriculture that provides better-quality produce.

The grapes for this wine are hand-picked. For the red, they are vinified in small, temperature-controlled vats and, after being pressed, the wines age in American and French oak for 12 months. In the case of the white, the grapes are picked in the early, cooler hours of the morning, vinified separately and partially aged for 6 months on the lees in French and American oak barrels.

This is a wine for special occasions that combines the universal culture of wine and art, via the reproduction of original works of art on its labels.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Colour

Intense Ruby.

Aroma

Notes of black fruit jam with spices (black pepper, cloves) combined with notes of coffee berries and cigars.

Palate

Complex with notes of spices and dark chocolate. Persistent finish.

Formats

750 ml   ·   1,5 l   ·   3 l   ·   5 l

Bottling

From July 2020

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.44 g/l

pH

3.53

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.1 g/l