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 Lourdes de Castro to illustrate this year’s label.
2013, 50 Best Portuguese wines – UK
2013, Vinhos de Portugal – Silver
2014, Wine & Spirits “Years Best Portugal Reds“ – 92 points
2014, Wine Enthusiast – 92 points
2014, Joshua Green “My 50 Great selection” – My 50 Great selection
Integrated Production (certified)
This harvest was characterized by a rainy winter, followed by a long and mild summer. These cooler summer temperatures allowed for ideal grape maturation conditions.
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.
Matured for 12 months in 70% American oak and 30% French oak barrels. Following bottling, the wine was aged for 12 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
Clear,deep red colour.
Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oaky notes.
Full bodied, compact and elegant with great balance. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.
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