Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Vinha da Defesa Red

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Red White

Wine Concept

A wine with a contemporary style, having an elegant and intense profile. This wines show the character of the selected vineyard parcels on the Estate.


Integrated Production (certificate)

Excellent year for red wines in this region. The low winter rainfall contributed to a smaller than average grape harvest with deeply concentrated high quality wines.

Clay loam structure, granite/schist origin.

10 years

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Syrah

Vinification / Maturation

Varieties harvested and vinified separately, destemmed/crushed, stainless steel temperature controlled fermentation (22ºC to 25ºC), pressed, controlled malolatic fermentation in tank.

30% of the blend was aged in tank, the other 70% in French oak for a period of 6 months.
6 month bottle maturation before market release.

More Information

In the 18th century, João de Aboim, a descendent of Egas Moniz and an important figure in the time of King Afonso III, created, from the different lands given by the Monsaraz and Portel municipalities, Defesa do Esporão one of the oldest estates of this type in Southern Portugal.

Defesas were large demarcated estates that were defended against grazing cattle from other areas and directly linked to the founding of Portugal during the Christian reconquest of the south. Examples of agro-forestry and pastoralist systems, defesas had a variety of uses. Deriving from the Mediterranean forest, at the time of the founders, the defesas reclaimed land from forests for the purpose of pasture.

Defesa do Esporão was one of the key examples of this type of estate linked to the founding of Portugal. Its boundaries, which were established in the late-13th century by a charter kept at Torre do Tombo national archive, have remained unchangend until today.

For centuries, the estate has employed agro-forestry and pastoralist methods based on the preservation of biodiversity and a multifunctional system that Esporão considers best practice to protect our ecosystem.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão


Clear, intense ruby colour.


Floral aromatics from the Touriga variety, with balancing notes of leather and chocolate from Syrah.


Rich and full bodied palate, with firm structural tannins and balancing acidity.


750 ml


December 2013


14.5 %

Total Acidity

7.01 g/l



Reducing Sugar / Baumé

2.3 g/l