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 | 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. Photograph on the label by Albuquerque Mendes.
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 ensured healthy grape development. Summer began hotter than in 2016 (+2.0ºC), which led to earlier ripening. Temperatures in August and September were lower than in 2016, making grapes ripen more quickly and producing higher sugar levels, which led to more full-bodied white wines with notes of ripe fruit, and red wines that are rich and concentrated.
from the Palmeiras vineyard at Herdade dos Perdigões, one of Esporão’s properties. Northwest and southwest exposure, protecting the grapes during the hottest times of day.
Predominantly clay, deep and well drained, ideal for balanced production, aromatic development and to preserve freshness.
VINEYARD AGE: 22 years old.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Semillon
VINIFICATION / MATURATION
The grapes were delivered to the winery in the morning, when temperatures are at their lowest, and were placed in the pneumatic press. Long pressing cycles at low pressure enabled careful extraction for a rich must. Decanting was shorter than usual, which helped maintain the complexity of the centre. Fermentation took place in new French oak barrels (550 litres) in a temperature-controlled cellar (18ºC).
On the lees with batonnage to help combine the oak and wine, thereby increasing the creamy texture and depth. After bottling, the wine aged 6 months in the bottle, ensuring controlled maturation and giving the wine the complexity that characterises it.
Esporão Private Selection Red is an extension of Esporão Garrafeira Red, which was first launched in 1987. Initially, we simply chose the best barrels of Esporão Reserva; however, over time, we began to understand our vineyards better, naturally developing a selection of the finest plots at the Herdade. At the end of the 1990s, we built a winery exclusively for this wine, which became the focus of our attention. In 2001, Esporão Private Selection White was produced, which was designed to challenge the classic profile of great wines from the Alentejo.
Its solid structure, personality and complexity are the result of climactic conditions, the selection of the finest grapes from our terroir and our winemakers’ creativity. These are exclusive wines, made in small quantities for intense and intimate moments.
Every year we invite an artist to illustrate its labels, thus combining the Portuguese culture of winemaking with art.
WINE MAKERS: David Baverstock & Sandra Alves
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.
PALATE: Creamy, rich and intense. Long, deep and persistent finish.
Served Temperature: 10 to 12°C
Total Alcohol: 14.5%
Portugal Region: DOC Alentejo
Wine Maker: David Baverstock & Sandra Alves