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.
Integrated Production: The winter was cold and dry, followed by a spring that was hot and also dry. Cooler than normal temperatures at the beginning of the summer accelerated the ripening process, producing healthy grapes at the harvest boasting good levels of acidity and concentration.
SOIL TYPE: Schist
AGE OF VINES: Planted in 1980
QUINTA DOS MURÇAS VINTAGE PORT 2015 - DOC DOURO
Quinta dos Murças Vintage 2015 comes from old vineyards planted along the banks of the Douro River, which, due to the low altitude and southern exposure, produce grapes of great concentration and maturity. Fermented in the traditional granite “lagares” with foot treading. This vintage port shows the potential of the Cima-Corgo sub-region to produce vintages of great elegance, intensity and persistence.
Awards: IWC - International Wine Challenge - 97 points, Gold &
Vintage Port Trophy
GRAPE VARIETIES: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, Tinta Roriz
VINIFICATION / MATURATION: Hand-picked grapes, destemming, crushing, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and temperature control (25ºC – 28ºC) , foot treading in granite ‘lagares’ where the brandy spirit was added. and pressing in an old-style vertical press.
Produced with top-quality grapes (category A) and fermented according to the traditional treading method in granite presses, the Quinta dos Murças Vintage 2011 displays the Covelinhas region’s potential for producing great ports that are elegant, intense and persistent.
WINE MAKERS: David Baverstock and José Luis Moreira da Silva
COLOUR: Dense and deep with violet hues.
AROMA: Complex with great intensity, dominated by dark berry fruits such as blackberry and cassis, balsamic notes.
PALATE: Firm and concentrated with balancing acidity, mature tannins well integrated in the body and volume. Long and persistent finish, balanced and elegant.
ALCOHOL/VOLUME: 19.5 %