Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Sparkling Wine

2015 2013 2012

White

Wine Concept

Produced using the Classic Method, this wine’s profile showcases the region’s fruit, in a rich and intense style.

Awards

2014, Wine Enthusiast – 84 points

Agriculture

A very dry winter and above the average temperatures in the spring and summer led to an early harvest. Despite the high temperatures, the heat was not extreme and weather during the harvest remained dry, enabling remarkable grape quality, which resulted in intense and persistent wines with fruity aromas.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist origin, loamy clay structure.

VINEYARD AGE
10 years

Grape Varieties

Arinto, Encruzado

Vinification / Maturation

Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks (13º to 15ºC), bottle fermentation followed by ageing on lees for 9 months until degórgement. Classic Method.

18 months in the bottle.

More Information

An experimental wine resulting from the restlessness of our winemakers, Herdade do Esporão’s espumante defies the laws established for the hot and sunny region of the Alentejo.

We created a sparkling wine with the necessary colour, aroma and body for this type of wine. Only produced in exceptional years, it is fermented at controlled temperatures in stainless steel vats (13 ºC a 15 ºC), followed by bottle fermentation and nine months on lees until “dégorgement” (classic method).

Wine Makers

David Baverstock & Sandra Alves

Colour

Clear appearance, fine bubbles and a persistent cord.

Aroma

Fine and complex, with notes of citrus confit and brioche.

Palate

Elegant and creamy, with touches of yellow fruit jam and a rich and persistent finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

April 2016

Alcohol/Volume

12.5 %

Total Acidity

6 g/l

pH

3.2

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.5 g/l