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 artist Pedro A.H. Paixão to illustrate this year’s label.
2016, Wine Enthusiast Wine&Ratings – 90 points, Editor’s Choice
Integrated Production (certified)
A dry winter followed by above average temperatures in spring and summer, gave rise to an early start to the harvest. Although temperatures continued to be high, there was no extreme heat during the vintage, and the dry conditions were excellent for fruit quality, producing wines with intense, persistent, aromatic fruit.
Granite and schist origin with clay loam soil.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Destemming, must chilling, skin contact during membrane pressing, cold settling, controlled temperature fermentation in stainless steel tanks and in new french and american oak barrels with extended lees contact.
Stainless steel and new oak barrels for 6 months.
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 e Sandra Alves
Crystal clear, straw colour with green hues.
White stone fruits with delicate spice, toast and mineral notes.
Creamy palate with volume and structure. Well balanced, nice fruit depth, long and complex finish.
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