Red Wine
Castelão 2021, 75cl

Original price was: 15,63€.Current price is: 12,50€.
approx. £10.68



 Serve at 14°-15°


O Produtor, tasting note published in November 23rd 2022

Light ruby color, fresh on the nose with notes of cherry well blended with notes of gunpowder and smoke, well-defined red fruit. Elegant, intense, and fresh on the palate, with a good body, vibrant, with a long finish.

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The red wine Castelão expresses the freshness, minerality, and acidity characteristic of wines from this region, as well as the main characteristics of the Castelão grape vinified with little extraction, both in aroma and taste.

It originates from a rigorous selection of the best Castelão grapes, from a vineyard with an eastern exposure on clay-limestone soils. Atlantic climate.

Winemaking: manual harvest in 15 kg crates. Total destemming followed by spontaneous fermentation in 1000 kg containers, without temperature control for 4 days, ending in stainless steel tanks. Aging for 12 months in used French oak barrels (500 and 700 L), where it remained for 1 year before bottling.

Espera wines are wines with time. “Before releasing any vintage to the market, we will patiently wait, allowing the wine to mature and improve with each passing month. This is where we want to be exceptional, waiting for it to tell us it’s ready, in the hope that all its complexity reflects its true character, without rushing.”

Viticulture and oenology: Rodrigo Martins.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 110303

Espera Wines

Time and stage (in)determined with authentic and genuine aromas without longing for the immediate.

Rodrigo Martins contemplated making the trumpet his professional life. He even managed to reconcile Agronomy and music for a good while, until a Viticulture course aroused his interest in wine. He obtained a Master’s degree in Oenology and has since combined vineyard and cellar in melodious tones. He is organic by redemption, a candidate for biodynamic by conviction. His personal wines, between Óbidos and Alcobaça, show a sincerity and precision that are difficult to achieve.
Rodrigo Martins is the winemaker of projects as diverse as the Alcobaça Cooperative Winery (where he started solo in the profession), Herdade das Fontes Bárbaras (Castro Verde, Alentejo), Herdade do Cebolal (Península de Setúbal), Quinta da Silveira (Vale da Vilariça, Douro), Quinta dos Capuchos (Alcobaça, Lisbon), and Quinta da Várzea da Pedra (Bombarral, Lisbon). He has also been involved in projects such as Serra Oca (Quinta do Olival da Murta, Óbidos, Lisbon) and João Barbosa (Tejo and Alentejo), but as the Espera projects grow in affirmation, the amount of consulting work will tend to decrease.

It was in 2014 that the story of his own wines began to be written. Rodrigo took over small parcels of abandoned old vines and tested the first vinifications. Without label or brand, he took advantage of his wedding, where he served the first trials, to test the creativity of the guests. The suggestions were far from meeting expectations, so the name ended up emerging right in the middle of the vineyard. Rodrigo and Ana Leal, who handles communication and marketing for the project, agreed that Espera would be an easy name to memorize and convey in different languages, also meaning a lot the natural and creative process that is at its origin.

Between his own vineyards and leased parcels, there are five hectares in Alcobaça and almost as many in Óbidos, although not all are yet fully productive.

Rodrigo continues to exclude the use of international grape varieties, arguing that differentiation must be made through the national genetic heritage and preferably regional. He recalls the rainy harvest of 2014, where varieties like Touriga Nacional were decimated, while Castelão remained unscathed. In fact, he sees Castelão as the red grape variety of choice for Lisbon, alongside Tinta Miúda, Moreto, and Ramisco, in specific locations. For whites, he bets on Arinto and Fernão-Pires, also giving credit to Bical and foreseeing a greater commitment to Baga soon.

Before the pandemic, the business went through wine cellars and restaurants, but the new reality completely changed the fate of Espera. They are now present in nearly 20 markets, where over 85% of production has been poured.

Rodrigo Martins, whom Revista de Vinhos recently nominated for the “Winemaker Revelation” award, is now one of the most solid and talented protagonists of a new generation. More than that, he is now a logical winemaker. One who knows what he’s doing, one who knows where he wants to go. – José João Santos, in Revista de Vinhos

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