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.
This year was atypical, very hot and dry. A sustained lack of rain and extremely high temperatures during spring accelerated grape evolution and ripening. The harvest took place on 11 September.
SOIL TYPE: Schist
AGE OF VINES: Vines planted in 2011
QUINTA DOS MURÇAS ÂNFORA 2018 - DOC DOURO
Quinta dos Murças Ânfora results from seeking the purest expression of the estate’s different terroirs. It is our interpretation of an extremely specific terroir – ‘Minas’. This wine results from vines planted on slopes with altitudes between 110 and 300 metres. It is in these vineyards, facing south, that the most exposed grapes reach the greatest concentration. These slopes contain several water springs that cool the environment and create a balance between the ripeness and freshness that is so characteristic of Murças. Production: 800 litres.
GRAPE VARIETIES: Tinta Francisca, Tinto Cão
VINIFICATION / MATURATION
Hand-picked grapes, selection table, partially destemmed and crushed. Alcoholic fermentation in amphorae with indigenous yeasts. Post fermentation skin maceration for approximately 2 months. Pressed in an old-style vertical press. Single application of SO2 after pressing.
In the Amphorae until bottling.
COLOUR: Intense, with purple hues.
AROMA: Intense and particular, with balsamic aromas and aromas from red fruit.
PALATE: Very lively. Pronounced freshness, firm tannins and a sensation of fruit in the finish.
Served Temperature: 16 to 18°C
Total Alcohol: 13%
Portugal Region: DOC Douro