Private Selection is our concept of the classic Alentejo Garrafeira: intense, complex and rich aromatics without excesses and a well balanced palate with structure for long term ageing.
This year, we’ve challenged Joana Vasconcelos to illustrate the label.
2011, Wine Enthusiast – 93 points
2011, Wine & Spirits – 91 points
2010, International Wine Challenge – Gold
Integrated Production (certified)
2007 is one of the best years of the decade, marked by a very cool spring, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and gradually. The harvest took place in mild weather, which helped the resulting aromas and flavours develop more fully.
Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil.
AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
20 years old
Separate harvest for each variety, bunch selection on sorting table, destemming, crushing, fermentation in small open fermenters with foot treading and temperature control (22ºC to 25ºC), pressing in a basket press, controlled malolatic fermentation in new french oak barrels.
Matured in french oak barrels for 18 months, followed by 18 months in bottle before market realease.
Private Selection Red:
Over time, we have been expanding the knowledge about our land in Alentejo. We have a better understanding of its potential and make the most of the uniqueness of the vineyards to produce fine wines, at nature’s pace.
That knowledge takes shape in Private Selection, through a combination of select parcels from the different territories, along with separate vinification and ageing, according to each variety’s profile. This is a full-bodied wine, with texture, intensity, and vitality, that reflects the diversity and richness of Esporão’s territories in Alentejo and, in exceptional years, results in Torre do Esporão.
Private Selection White:
Esporão Private Selection white was launched in 2001 under the name “Garrafeira”. The desire to make a distinctive white wine that would challenge the classic profile of the great wines of the Alentejo, led winemaker David Baverstock to bring the Sémillon grape variety from Australia to our Herdade dos Perdigões estate. This French origin grape variety is iconic in the Barrosa Valley region of Australia, where it grows in a climate similar to that of the Alentejo.
Planted in granitic soils, clayey and deep, the Palmeiras vineyard has adapted well to our soils and the Alentejo heat. It is from this vineyard that the Private Selection White was born.
Every year we invite a new artist to illustrate our labels, and every piece of artwork has its own individual story to tell.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Deep, dark, almost opaque.
It shows aromas of red wild berries, combined wih toast and Smokey oak spice and some balsamic notes.
It shows dense fruit, silky texture and robust tannins, fused into a very long and persistent finish.