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 Pedro A.H. Paixão to illustrate this year’s label.
2017, Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
A damp winter followed by a mild summer with high diurnal temperature variations, allowing for a long, even maturation, with good fruit intensity and balancing acidity.
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 and 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.
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.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Deep, dark red, opaque.
Spicy red berry fruits with subtle oak complexity.
Full bodied, textured palate, well structured tannins. Solid and dense with great potential for bottle maturation.
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