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 PRIVATE SELECTION RED 2014 - DOC ALENTEJO
Private Selection red is a continuation of Esporão Garrafeira red which was launched back in 1987. Initially, this wine was a selection of the best barrels of Esporão reserve red, but in time, with a better understanding of our estate vineyards, evolved into a selection of the best vineyard parcels of several premium grape varieties. This has resulted in a wine with great fruit intensity and a powerful tannic structure, ensuring long term bottle ageing.
Label photograph by Duarte Belo.
A moist winter followed by a mild summer with great thermal amplitudes, which allowed the vines to perform well, allowing wines to be more balanced and intense.
Each variety was vinified and aged separately. Syrah and Aragonez fermented in marble lagares with foot treading and pumping over. Alicante Bouschet fermented in small stainless-steel fermenters with regular pump overs. After pressing, the wines were kept separate, the malolactic fermentation occurring naturally in barrel.
Ageing was achieved in 30% new barrels and 70% used (1 year old), all French oak, a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels. Ageing took place for 18 months, with one transfer following the malolactic fermentation. The final blend was made and bottled on 23rd June 2016, with no fining and only a light final filtration.
Palate: Silky texture but equally compact, firm tannic structure to ensure persistence and longevity.
Awards: Premium Gold – Wines of Portugal Challenge, 2019
Aroma: Mature dark berry fruits, complex tabaco, chocolate and toasty notes.
Colour: Deep, dark red.
Grapes: Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, Syrah
Vineyard Age: Each variety has its origin in a distinct vineyard, with extra viticultural supervision (bunch thinning where necessary), leading to the best possible fruit.Aragonez from Canto Zé Cruz, planted in 1980, one of our oldest vineyards. Normally this is the latest Aragonez parcel we pick, having the longest ripening period and good phenolic ripeness producing wines with perfume and intensity. Syrah from the Vinha do Telheiro vineyard planted in 1998. Berries are very small and oval shaped. Grape production from this vineyard is low resulting in wines with power and concentration. Alicante Bouschet from the Vinha das Palmeiras vineyard planted in 1996, on a gentle sloping hillside in Herdade dos Perdigões. Good fruit exposure and well drained soils contribute to nicely concentrated groats and intense wines.
Canto de Zé Cruz Vineyard (Aragonez) – Sandy loam soil with granite stone in the top 20 cm layer, clay below.
Telheiro Vineyard (Syrah) – Stony schist based skeletal soil.
Palmeiras Vineyard (Alicante Bouschet) – Deep clay soil with good drainage.
Served Temperature: 16 to 18°C
Total Alcohol: 14.5%
Portugal Region: DOC Alentejo
Wine Maker: David Baverstock & Sandra Alves