This was the first wine produced by Esporão in 1985. Classic wine style made from estate grown grapes that show the consistency and the rich, ripe character which is typical of the best Alentejo wines.
We defied the plastic artist Lourdes de Castro to illustrate this year’s label.
2013, Revista Wine – Sommeliers Brasil – 38,4 points
2013, 50 Best Portuguese wines – UK
2013, International Wine Challenge – Gold
2013, Concours Mondial Bruxelles – Silver
2012, Concour Mondial Bruxelles – 82,88 points
2012, Revista de Vinhos – Best buy
Integrated Production (certificate)
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.
Granite and schist origin with clay loam soil.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Destemming, must chilling, skin contact, membrane pressing, 24 hour cold settling, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks and in new french and american oak barrels.
6 month ageing on fine lees.
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 Sandra Alves
Clear, pale straw with green hues.
Intense aromas of ripe tangerine and apricot with subtle notes of toast and smoke from barrel fermentation.
Complex, creamy, well balanced palate showing full fruit flavours and mineral notes with a long and fresh finish.
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