Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Reserva Red 2019

2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008

Red White

Wine Concept

The first wine made by Esporão in 1985. A classic obtained exclusively from our organic grapes. The diversity of Herdade do Esporão, together with the different characteristics of the grape varieties, the soils, the maturity of the vines and the character of those who make this wine consistently over the years, results in a rich, intense but always harmonious wine.

Awards

Robert Parker

90 pts | 2017 | 2010 | 2007

91  pts | 2016 | 2009

92 pts | 2011

Wine Enthusiast

91 pts | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

92 pts | 2014 | 2013 | 2010 | 2006

93 pts | 2011

Wine Spectator

90 pts | 2014

Agriculture

The 2019 agricultural year recorded temperatures corresponding to the average for the last 20 years, while the recorded rainfall values were below the average values for the same period. In the spring and up until the beginning of the summer, temperatures were higher than in 2018, which led to a considerable advance in the phenology of the vine, translating into the anticipation of the harvest in about 2 weeks, compared to 2018. The summer registered lower temperatures in the veraison phase, promoting a constant and homogeneous ripening process, ideal conditions for raw material of excellent quality.

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

VINEYARD AGE
Average 20 years.

Grape Varieties

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

Vinification / Maturation

Each variety was vinified 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

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.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock & Sandra Alves

Colour

Intense Ruby.

Aroma

Blackberry aromas, nutmeg, licorice and notes of black pepper.

Palate

Rich and complex with notes of black ripe fruit and spices. Persistent finish.

Formats

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

Bottling

From July 2021

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.86 g/l

pH

3.5

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.8 g/l