Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Esporão Reserve White

2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010

Red White

Wine Concept

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 Filipe Oliveira Baptista to illustrate this year’s label.

Awards

2014, San Diego International Wine Competition – Gold

2014, Tasted Journal – 87 points

2013, Revista de Vinhos – Best Buy

2013, Confraria dos Enófilos – Gold

2013, Vinhos de Portugal – Bronze

Agriculture

Integrated Production (certificate)

Excellent year for white wines in this region. Cooler than average spring and summer temperatures resulted in wines with intensity, freshness and balance.

SOIL TYPE
Granite and schist origin with clay loam soil.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
17 years

Grape Varieties

Antão Vaz, Arinto, Semillon, Roupeiro

Vinification / Maturation

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.

In stainless steel tanks and in new french and american oak barrels for 6 months.

More Information

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.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Colour

Crystal clear, straw colour with green tones.

Palate

Creamy, well balanced palate, good depth of ripe fruit but with elegance and minerality, finishes long and fresh.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

March 2013

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

6.9 g/l

pH

3.2

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.7 g/l