Varietals

Verdelho

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011

White

Wine Concept

This unique, balanced, aromatic varietal expresses the true potential of this variety allied to the Estates complex soil geology and climatic conditions.

Agriculture

Spring had lower temperatures and higher humidity than in previous years – ideal climatic conditions for fungal diseases in the vines, implying increased care to avoid mildew attacks. The cooler temperatures at this time of year provided a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the heat felt since July, the beginning of the harvest took place about 10 days later than usual. The hot weather continued throughout the harvest, fruit condition was excellent. Despite the heat, sugar levels were normal and acidities a little lower than normal.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist base with clay/loam soil

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
11 years

Grape Varieties

Verdelho

Vinification / Maturation

Cold storage, bunch sorting, whole bunch pressing, cold settling, temperature controlled fermentation, centrifuging, cold stabilization and filtration.

More Information

Created to showcase the potential of this grape, which, together with Herdade do Esporão’s soils and climate, produce an aromatic, balanced and unique varietal.

Verdelho is a regional Alentejo wine that is the result of this white grape’s excellent adaptation to Herdade do Esporão’s terroir, and one that aims to highlight its unique characteristics, highlighting the mineral, fresh and exotic nature of a grape traditionally used in Madeira wine.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Sandra Alves

Colour

Crystal clear, citric colour with touches of green.

Aroma

Typical varietal characters, showing tropical passion fruit, tangerine and limes.

Palate

Fresh, elegant, intense, with mineral notes and a long finish with cleansing acidity.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

December 2016 and January 2017

Alcohol/Volume

13.2 %

Total Acidity

6 g/l

pH

3.18

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.1 g/l