O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2017
Intense ruby wine. Berry jam notes, a hint of spice and fresh cocoa. All wrapped in the well-integrated toast of the barrels. The richness of the fruit is felt in the mouth, it is voluminous but the fine tannins also give structure and intensity; The ending is long, rich and persistent.
Limited to existing stock. If the wine you have purchased runs out of stock, we will contact you to suggest a different wine, or to return the amount paid. Wine promotions cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. Wine Concept: The first wine made by Esporão in 1985. Made from grapes from Herdade do Esporão, it shows the consistency and the rich and typical character of the best Alentejo wines. Label illustrated by Albuquerque Mendes. Agriculture: Spring was colder and warmer than in previous years – ideal weather conditions for fungal diseases on vines, implying extra care in the vineyards to prevent mildew attacks. The cooler temperatures at this time of year provided a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the warmth from July, the beginning of the harvest took place about 10 days later than usual. Warm weather continued throughout the harvest, fruit quality was excellent and, despite the heat, sugar levels remained moderate, with acidity slightly lower than normal. Vineyards: 17 years old, planted in soils of paraxistous transition granitic nature and loam-clay structure. Vinification: Separate harvesting of each grape variety, destemming, crushing, alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats, concrete vats and small marble ponds, with controlled temperatures, pressing, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel vats. Spent 12 months in American (60%) and French (40%) oak barrels. After bottling, another 8 months of aging in bottle followed.
Founded in 1973 by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira, Esporão is one of the most important wine companies in Portugal. Determinant in the national and international affirmation of the Alentejo, Esporão is also today an ambassador of Portuguese culture, developing its activity within the limits of sustainability and building close relationships with customers and consumers around the world. Esporão is present in the Alentejo region, where it produces wines as emblematic as Esporão Reserva and Monte Velho, as well as extra virgin olive oils. Integrated in the wineries is the Herdade do Esporão Wine Tourism. Continuing the Esporão project is Quinta dos Murças, owned in the Douro region, where terroir wines with the Esporão seal of guarantee are produced. Esporão sells its products in all kinds of shops and restaurants in more than 50 countries around the world. The holistic approach in adapting a wide range of innovative sustainable practices of Esporão has led to several national and international recognitions, such as the prestigious “Sustainability of the year award” in “The Drinks Business Green Awards 2013”. Esporão was also distinguished with the award at the “Green Project Awards 2013” for sustainable agricultural production practices and received an honourable mention for water, energy and waste reduction projects. In 2014, Esporão was included in Wine&Spirits’ “100 Best Producers of the Year” list and won the “European Business Awards for the Environment” in the “Products and Services” category.
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