Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Palmeiras Vineyard: Alicante Bouschet 2013

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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.

Agriculture

2013 had a rainy spring, followed by a dry summer with high temperatures during the day, offset by chilly evenings, allowing consistently ideal ripening of grapes.

The Palmeiras vineyard was planted in 1996 at Esporão’s Herdade dos Perdigões on a hill with deep, dark limestone-based soils with clay-like texture. The hill offers good sun exposure, while the vineyard’s good drainage allows the Alicante Bouschet grape variety to ripen evenly, producing concentrated and intense wines.

SOIL TYPE
Deep, dark colour, limestone origins, clay-like texture.

VINE’S AGE
21 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet

Vinification / Maturation

Fermentation with controlled temperatures (28 ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.

12 months in a 5,000-litre, French oak vat, followed by 18 months in the bottle.

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, concentrated colour.

Aroma

Complex varietal aroma with black plum, dark chocolate and slight leather notes.

Palate

The classic tannic structure is complemented by intense fruit and a long, spicy finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

July 2015

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

6.9 g/l

pH

3.54

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

3 g/l