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 plastic artist Rui Sanches to illustrate this year’s label.
2011, Essência do Vinho – 17 points
2012, Concour Mondial Bruxelles – 82,03 points
2012, Revista de Vinhos – 16 points
2012, Wine spectator – 89 points
Integrated Production (certified)
An extremely dry year, with rainfall concentrated between December and February. The period from March to August was hotter than average, resulting in an early vintage. With these higher temperatures during the growing season, most grapes were picked in very ripe conditions resulting in rich wines with body and depth.
Clay loam soils with granite and schist mother rock.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Each variety hand picked and vinified separately, fermented in open tanks with robotic plunging and temperature control (22ºc – 25ºC), membrane pressed, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks following inoculation.
12 months ageing in French (30%) and American (70%) oak barrels. 1 year of bottle ageing prior to 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 Luís Patrão
Clear, deep red.
Intense spicy aroma of ripe red berry fruits with soft, new oak integration.
Rich and full bodied, well balanced with robust tannins, good bottle ageing potential.