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 Filipe Oliveira Baptista to illustrate this year’s label.
2014, International Wines & Spirits Competition – Gold
2014, Decanter World Wine Awards – Bronze
2014, San Diego International Wine Competition – Gold
2014, Tasted Journal – 89,5 points
2014, Mundus Vini – Gold Medal
Integrated Production (certified)
Damp, stormy weather during the Spring period resulted in a lower than average grape production. A mild summer with cool nights resulted in grapes of very high quality.
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
Deep dark red colour.
Compact, elegant, dense and creamy. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation.
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