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.
Herdade do Esporão lies in the heart of the Reguengos de Monsaraz
Sub-Region of the Alentejo DOC and the surrounding montado ecosystem (cork oak forests). The estate possesses extraordinary conditions for agriculture – large thermal amplitudes, poor and various soils and prodigious biodiversity that helpsus produce in harmony and balance withour environment. We only use organic growing practices in our 692 ha of vineyards, olive groves, orchards and kitchen gardens where we have 40grape varieties and 4 olive varieties.
ESPORÃO COLHEITA RED 2017 - DOC ALENTEJO
Wine produced solely from grapes grown at Herdade do Esporão, under organic farming practices, which conveys the typical features of the vintage, the diversity of the soils where the vines are planted, and the character and identity of the grape varieties selected.
Blended wine with Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon and Aragonez varieties predominating.
The grapes were partially fermented in concrete tanks. After fermentation, the wine was left on the fine lees for 4 months, creating a unique type of micro-oxygenation that respects and enhances the wine’s character.
Vineyard with certified organic production.
Autumn and winter were colder and wetter than the previous year, with more rain and the lowest temperatures between November and February. Nonetheless, temperatures and rain remained within the average of the past 18 years. The spring featured higher temperatures than in 2016, leading to earlier phenolic stages. The hot and dry spring guaranteed healthy grape development. Early summer started off hotter than in 2016 (+2.0ºC), which caused ripening to begin sooner. The months of August and September ended up registering lower temperatures than in 2016, with grapes ripening more quickly and higher sugar levels, leading to more full-bodied white wines with notes of ripe fruit, and rich and concentrated red wines.
Co-fermentation of the grapes began in the wine presses, with foot treading at controlled temperatures (22 to 25ºC), finishing in concrete tanks.
Following malolactic fermentation, ageing took place in the same concrete tanks for 6 months. The unique micro-oxygenation conditions provided by this type of tank aim to preserve the wine’s character.
Palate: A silky and appealing texture predominates, with ripe fruit enveloped in mineral and earthy touches, conveying a pure, vibrant and persistent character.
Aroma: Black plum and some fresh currant combined with touches of white pepper and some green notes.
Colour: Clear appearance, concentrated ruby colour
Grapes: Clear appearance, concentrated ruby colour
Vineyard Age: 11 Years
Soil Type: Granite/schist base, with a loam/clay structure.
Served Temperature: 16 to 18°C
Total Alcohol: 14%
Portugal Region: DOC Alentejo
Wine Maker: David Baverstock & Sandra Alves