Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Telheiro Vineyard: Syrah

2012 2011 2010 2009

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

Integrated Production (certificate)

This harvest was characterized by a rainy winter followed by a long and mild summer. These cooler summer temperatures allowed for ideal grape maturation conditions.

SOIL TYPE
Light structure, clear colour, stony with little depth.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
12 years

Grape Varieties

Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

Temperature controlled fermentation (28ºC) in small stainless steel tanks.

12 months ageing in American oak barrels. 12 months bottle ageing before market release.

More Information

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.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

Colour

Dense, deep red.

Palate

Dark berry fruits with solid tannins, good acid balance with long and persistent finish.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

December 2011

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

6.41 g/l

pH

3.53

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2 g/l