Wines produced only in exceptional years. Made from singular grape parcels from the estate vineyards that express the unique potential and character of the individual grape variety.
2011, Essência do Vinho – 17,5 points
Integrated Production (certified)
The temperatures and rainfall were comparable to the average for the last ten years. Although very dry, with no rain during the months of June, July and August, summer temperatures were relatively low, helping grapes ripen well.
Clay based limestone soil.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
Controlled temperature fermentation (24ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.
12 months aging in used American oak barrels, followed by 12 months bottle ageing prior to market release.
Originating from Vinha das Palmeiras, at Herdade dos Perdigões, where Alicante Bouschet was first planted 10 years ago, this wine is consistently produced.
It is only made in exceptional years and the result of intense experimentation and collaboration between Herdade do Esporão’s winemaking and viticulture teams. This involves the vinification of small blends of the same grape variety from different plots, in which the final goal is to understand and enhance the character of each grape associated with the type of soil and microclimate where it is grown.
The result of these continuous trials is the launch of these unique wines, each variety producing limited quantities.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Deep and concentrated.
Complex aroma of red currants and cassis, earthy, some leather.
Rich and generous palate, robust tannins, long finish with good acidity, excellent ageing potential.
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