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.
2012, Essência do Vinho – 16,5 points
Integrated Production (certificate)
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.
Temperature controlled fermentation (28ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.
12 months ageing in american oak barrels, 12 months bottle ageing before market release. Great ageing potential.
This wine began at Vinha do Telheiro, where, 12 years ago, Syrah was planted in pale, loamy, rocky and shallow soils.
This wine is only produced 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.
David Baverstock and Luís Patrão
Deep and dense red.
Ripe red and dark berry fruit aromas, tobacco and gamey notes.
Dense silky fruit on the palate with robust tannins, good acid balance delivering a persistent finish.