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

2013, Revista de Vinhos – Best in Portugal

Agriculture

Integrated Production (certified)

An extremely dry year, with rainfall concentrated between December and February. The period from March to August was hotter than average, resulting in an early vintage. With these higher temperatures during the growing season, most grapes were picked in very ripe conditions resulting in rich wines with body and depth.

SOIL TYPE
Deep and dark limestone and clay.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
10 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet

Vinification / Maturation

Temperature controlled fermentation (28ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.

12 months aging in American oak barrels, 12 months bottle ageing before market release. Great ageing potential.

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 dense red.

Palate

Rich and dense on the palate, ripe tannins, long and persistent.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

December 2010

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.34 g/l

pH

3.57

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l