Red Wine
Reserva 2016, 75cl
Alentejo DOC

approx. £13.23


 Good ageing

 Serve at 16º-18º

 Côtes du Rhône, Syrah

88/100  Wine Spectator

17/20  Revista de Vinhos


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.

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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.


Gold – International Wine Challenge (IWC), 2017; 92 points – Wine Enthusiast, 2017

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 100168


Since it was founded in 1267, the boundaries of Herdade do Esporão have remained virtually unchanged, despite being the stage of bloody battles and heroic deeds over almost nine centuries. Soeiro Rodrigues, judge of the city of Évora, was the first of many owners, who included the Master of Santiago Rodrigues de Vasconcelos, Morgado D. Álvaro Mendes de Vasconcelos who built the Esporão Tower and the Counts of Alcáçovas, who kept the estate in the family until 1973, the year it was sold to José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira.

In the centre of Herdade do Esporão, three historic monuments were constructed: the Esporão Tower, the Esporão Arch and the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Chapel, the latter related to intense and devout popular worship in the region that involves local people to form processions when the rains are late. The Esporão Tower, an assertive symbol in society and a demonstration of military strength, is one of the most important towers in the region, illustrating the transition for the medieval to the modern age in Portugal.

If a journey back in time in Herdade do Esporão leads to the Middle Ages, then the same thing in Herdade dos Perdigões, just five kilometres away, takes us back to Neolithic and Calcolithic times, between 4,500 and 2,000 years before Christ, when the region housed a residential and cerimonial complex covering 16 hectares. The quality of the finds and research has transformed the archaeological complex into a key site for recent European pre-history.


Esporão S.A.

Av. do Restelo, nº 44
1400-315 Lisboa

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