Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Touriga Nacional 2015

2015 2014 2011 2010 2008 2007

Red

Wine Concept

Touriga Nacional is a noble Portuguese grape variety. Produces intense, balanced wines with good ageing potential. This wine is from one of the oldest vineyards of Touriga Nacional in Alentejo – Badeco vineyard in Herdade do Esporão. It represents the singularity of the grape variety and the characteristics of the single vineyard combined with the experience of the ones who take care of the vineyard and the wine.

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

93 pts | Cellar Selection 2011

94 pts | Cellar Selection 2008

Agriculture

A dry winter followed by above average temperatures in spring and summer, gave rise to an early start of the harvest. Although temperatures continued to be high, there was no extreme heat during the vintage, and the dry conditions were excellent for fruit quality, producing wines with intense, persistent, aromatic fruit.

Badeco Vineyard in Herdade do Esporão.

Integrated Production, where the pruning system is Double Guyot, trained in vertical shoot positioning. Hand-picked grapes.

SOIL TYPE
Derived from schist of a sandy to silty-loam texture

VINEYARD AGE
More than 30 years

 

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional

Vinification / Maturation

Hand-picked. Harvested on 9 September 2015. Foot-trodden. Fermented in marble Lagares. Then transferred to concrete tanks where it finishes the fermentation.

In new French oak barrels for one year, followed by two years in bottle.

More Information

Its roots go back to Badeco Vineyard, at Herdade do Esporão, in 1988 and is probably the oldest vineyard with this grape in the Alentejo region.

It is a wine that is only produced in exceptional years and the outcome of intense experimentation and collaboration between the winemaking and viticulture teams at Herdade do Esporão. 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.

The result of the continuous trials is the launch of such unique wines, each variety producing limited quantities.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock & Sandra Alves

Colour

Deep, dark red, purple hues.

Aroma

Blueberry, blackberry, and plum fruit aromas, some coffee notes with subtle toasty oak.

Palate

Intense, long and with texture, balance, and persistence.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

July 2017

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

6.4 g/l

pH

3.65

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

1.6 g/l