Alentejo / Herdade do Esporão

Vinha da Defesa White 2014

2015 2014 2013 2012

Red White Rose

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.

Agriculture

Integrated Production (certificate)

A damp winter followed by a mild summer with high diurnal temperature variations, allowing for a long, even maturation, with good fruit intensity and balancing acidity.

SOIL TYPE
Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil.

AVERAGE AGE OF VINES
17 years

Grape Varieties

Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro

Vinification / Maturation

Destemming, must chilling, skin maceration, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation with temperature control and selected yeast inoculation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging, fining, cold stabilisation and filtration.

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 Sandra Alves

Colour

Clear, pale straw, green tinges.

Palate

Elegant style with rich fruit flavours, fresh and well balanced.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

January 2015

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

7.2 g/l

pH

3.1

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

1.9 g/l