Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Late Harvest

2015 2014 2012 2011

White

Wine Concept

An elegant sweet wine with well balanced acidity, resulting from late picked, dehydrated grapes.

Agriculture

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.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist rock, clay – loam soil structure.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
19 years

Grape Varieties

Semillon

Vinification / Maturation

Must chilling, membrane pressing, cold settling, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging and cold stabilization, membrane filtration to bottle.

More Information

An experimental wine resulting from the restlessness of Herdade do Esporão’s winemakers, Late Harvest defies the laws established for the hot and sunny region of the Alentejo.

It is produced using the method employed for the sweet wines of the Sauternes region, with overripe and dehydrated Semillon grapes from our vineyard. The resulting wine is highly concentrated, rich and complex.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Colour

Clear, golden.

Aroma

Tangerine and orange peel with floral notes, crystaline fruits.

Palate

Rich and unctuous texture, balanced sweet palate with clean acidity, citric and toasted almond flavours, long and persistent finish.

Formats

375 ml

Bottling

March 2016

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

8.18 g/l

pH

3.2

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

85 g/l