A wine for all occasions. With a balanced and gastronomic profile, it portrays the best aromas and flavors of Alentejo grapes.
Monte Velho 2019
Wine Enthusiast – 86 points
Wine Spectator – 86 points
Monte Velho 2017
Sakura Awards – Double Gold
Monte Velho 2016
Sakura Awards – Silver
Decanter – Bronze
Wine Spectator – 88 Points / Top 100 Top Values
Wine & Spirits – 86 Points / Year’s Best Portuguese Whites Best Buy
Monte Velho 2015
Wine Spectator – 88 points
100 Top Values of 2016 Mundus Vini – 91 points (Gold)
The agricultural year of 2020 registered temperatures slightly higher than the last 21 years, while the precipitation values were identical to the values registered in the same period. With a mild and rainy winter and spring, there was a good restoration of the water reserves in the vineyard, which resulted in a good vegetative growth in relation to 2019. The summer was very hot and dry, with very high temperatures in the month of July that translated in anticipation of the harvest in about 2 weeks compared to the previous year. The climatic conditions recorded in the painter-maturation period favored gradual maturation, which allowed for a selective harvest favoring the expression and quality of each variety.
Granitic/schistose nature, open clay structure.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINEYARDS
18 years in average.
Stemming, thermal shock, pressing, must decantation, fermentation with controlled temperatures in stainless steel vats, centrifuging, stabilisation, filtration.
Launched for the first time in 1992, its name comes from the monte located next to the Caridade reservoir, at Herdade do Esporão. At the time, the wine boasted the same origin and philosophy as Esporão Reserva but was created to reach more people and make daily wine consumption an experience.
Produced according to the region’s winegrowing tradition, the variety of grapes and vinification techniques demonstrate the character of the region from whence it comes: rich aromas, a smooth palate and an excellent gastronomic bent.
Made with grapes from throughout the region, it is the result of partnerships lasting over 15 years with suppliers from the different sub-regions, who use the same integrated production system as Esporão. These sustainable practices, which preclude the use of pesticides and herbicides, are crucial to soil quality and fertility, which provide the vineyard with natural protection that influences the quality of the wines.
Ever faithful to its roots, Monte Velho is the Alentejo in a glass, coming to represent a benchmark of the region in Portugal and the world over the years.
David Baverstock & Sandra Alves
Crystalline appearance, citrine colour.
Highlight for the citrus notes of lemon and white fruit, in a complex set.
Fresh and balanced, with a firm body and a long finish.