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.
ESPORÃO | PRIVATE SELECTION | WHITE | 2018 | DOC ALENTEJO
This wine was created in 2001 with the intent to challenge the classic profile of great Alentejo wines. The maturity of the vineyard, the underestimated Semillon grape variety and the careful selection of barrel suppliers, have enabled us to build this wine’s solid, rich and complex Character.
Predominantly Clay, deep and well drained. Vines 22 years old.
Clear, straw colour
Notes of white pulp fruits and ripe tangerine, combined with discreet touches of toasted oak and spices like clove and white pepper.
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.
Creamy, rich and intense. Long, deep and persistent finish.
Great with game meats, spicy sweet Chinese food, blue cheese, cold cuts.
10ºC to 12ºC
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.