Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Palmeiras Vineyard: Alicante Bouschet

2012 2010 2009 2008 2007

Red

Wine Concept

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.

Awards

2011, Essência do Vinho – 17,5 points

Agriculture

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.

SOIL TYPE
Clay based limestone soil.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
10 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet

Vinification / Maturation

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.

More Information

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.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

Colour

Deep and concentrated.

Palate

Rich and generous palate, robust tannins, long finish with good acidity, excellent ageing potential.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

December 2009

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.11 g/l

pH

3.55

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l