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Esporão | Private Selection | White | 2018 | Doc Alentejo - Vivino Rating 4.3

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The Esporao Private Selection 2018 white is made purely from the wonderful Semillon grape. It is aged with lees on battonage to increase the depth and creamyness of the wine. Notes of white pulp fruits and ripe tangerine, combined with discreet touches of toasted oak and spices like clove and white pepper on the nose. In the mouth it is Creamy, rich and intense. Long, deep and persistent finish. (95 points Wine Enthusiast)

 

Grape:

Semillon

Vintage:

2018

Appellation:

DOC Alentejo

Country:

Portugal

Soil:

Predominantly Clay, deep and well drained. Vines 22 years old.

Colour:

Clear, straw colour

Aroma:

Notes of white pulp fruits and ripe tangerine, combined with discreet touches of toasted oak and spices like clove and white pepper.

Aging:

On the lees with batonnage to help combine the oak and wine, thereby increase the creamy and depth. After bottling, the wine aged 6 months in the bottle, ensuring controlled maturation and giving the wine the complexity that characterizes it.

Tasting Notes:

Creamy, rich and intense. Long, deep and persistent finish.

Food Pairing:

Great with game meats, spicy sweet Chinese food, blue cheese, cold cuts.

Serving Temperature:

10ºC to 12ºC

Alcohol:

14.5% Vol

The Year of 2018

After a dry and cold winter, a rainy spring followed restoring the proper moisture levels in the soil to initiate the vegetive cycle. The fact that temperatures in the spring, and until mid-summer, were milder than in previous years, somewhat delayed the entire cycle, but enabled good plant development. At the beginning of August, a heat wave that lasted five consecutive days, with temperatures above 43 degrees and strong gusts of wind, caused severe damage to the varieties that are more sensitive to this type of weather, leading to production losses. However, most of our vineyards, which are planted primarily with varieties better adapted to these conditions, ripened slowly and regularly, ideal to preserve the freshness and aromatic intensity of the white wines, and texture, concentration and complexity of the red wines.

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