The Esporão company was founded in 1973 by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira. Today, we are one of Portugal’s premier wine and olive oil producers, elevating the image and recognition of the country and the Alentejo, Douro and Vinho Verde regions exporting our products to over 50 countries. We are an ambassador of Portuguese culture, developing our activities within the boundaries of sustainability and the development of meaningful long term relationships with our clients and consumers worldwide.
Following a very wet winter and cold spring, the vegetative cycle began two to three weeks later than normal. The summer was hot and dry, accelerating ripening and producing concentrated grapes with good acidity and aromas. The harvest near the river bank took place between 6th and 9th September.
SOIL TYPES: Schist
VINES’ AGE: Planted in 1980
QUINTA DOS MURÇAS MARGEM 2017 - DOC DOURO
Quinta dos Murças Margem results from a plot located on the margin (’Margem’) of the Douro River, facing south, which characterizes the vineyard’s terroir, and from low yielding vines, that produce intensely flavoured grapes.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca
VINIFICATION / MATURATION:
Hand-picked grapes, destemming, crushing, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and temperature control (25ºC – 28ºC) in granite ‘lagares’, foot treading and pressing in an old-style vertical press.
Aged in used 500-liter French oak casks for 9 months.
WINE MAKERS: David Baverstock and José Luís Moreira da Silva
COLOUR: Deep with violet hues.
AROMA: Intense and lively nose with dominant ripe black fruit, such as blackberry and cassis, balsamic aromas and soft spicy notes from oak barrel ageing.
PALATE: Concentrated, with ripe tannins that are well integrated, which, along with its acidity, offer a good volume, body and freshness. Persistent finish dominated by ripe fruit aromas, with potential for great longevity in the bottle.
WINE MAKERS: David Baverstock and José Luis Moreira da Silva
Served Temperature: 16 to 18°C
Total Alcohol: 13.5%
Portugal Region: DOC Douro