Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Sparkling Wine

2013 2012

White

Wine Concept

Produced by the Classic Method and exhibiting an Alentejo profile of ripe fruit and body, rich and intense.

Agriculture

Integrated Production (certificate)

The 2013 viticultural year was characterized by a cool and wet spring, followed by a dry summer with large diurnal temperatures, making for good maturation conditions and sound healthy grapes.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist origin, clay-loam structure.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
8 years

Grape Varieties

Antão Vaz, Arinto

Vinification / Maturation

Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks (13ºC to 15ºC), bottle fermentation, 9 month ageing on lees before degorgement. Classic method.

9 months in 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.

Antão Vaz is the grape used to create 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 and Sandra Alves

Colour

Clear with a fine and persistent bead.

Palate

Elegant and intense, citric flavours, rich and well balanced with a long finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

January 2014

Alcohol/Volume

12.5 %

Total Acidity

7.2 g/l

pH

3.1

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l