Monte Velho Branco 2017

Regional Alentejano

Concept: With a distinctly Alentejo profile, this wine aims to transmit the uniqueness of the Alentejo and the quality of Herdade do Esporão wines to more people. Balanced and gastronomic, it is an excellent choice for a variety of occasions and consumers.

Harvest Year: another drier than average winter with low rainfall was followed by an abnormally hot Spring which brought forward the budburst. The hot dry weather continued throughout Spring and into Summer, and allowed for good ripening conditions and healthy fruit, although vineyard irrigation was essential. The hot weather in the early part of Summer brought the vintage forward and picking started during the first week of August. The hot dry weather continued throughout August and September, although there was no extreme heat, allowing for fully matured fruit, and relatively high alcohols. Yields in the vineyard were down generally by up to 20% and juice extraction in the winery was lower than normal. Whites tend to be fuller bodied than in recent years and reds more rich and concentrated.

Viticulture:

Soil Type: Schist/granite origin with clay loam soils. Average age of vines: 17 years old.

Grape Varieties: Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Perrum.

Vinification: Destemmed, must chilled, membrane pressing, cold settling, temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, centrifuging, cold stabilization, membrane filtration prior to bottling.

Bottling: January 2018

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol: 14,5%

Total Acidity: 6 g/l

pH: 3,2

Reducing Sugar: 2,4 g/l

Colour: crystal clear citric.

Aroma: delicate fresh white stone fruits and lemon notes

Palate: Firm, intense, well balanced with a long aromatic finish. 

Allergy information: contains sulfite

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Monte Velho Red 2017

Regional Alentejo

Concept: With a distinctly Alentejo profile, this wine aims to transmit the uniqueness of the Alentejo and the quality of Herdade do Esporão wines to more people. Balanced and gastronomic, it is an excellent choice for a variety of occasions and consumers.

Harvest Year: another drier than average winter with low rainfall was followed by an abnormally hot Spring which brought forward the budburst. The hot dry weather continued throughout Spring and into Summer, and allowed for good ripening conditions and healthy fruit, although vineyard irrigation was essential. The hot weather in the early part of Summer brought the vintage forward and picking started during the first week of August. The hot dry weather continued throughout August and September, although there was no extreme heat, allowing for fully matured fruit, and relatively high alcohols. Yields in the vineyard were down generally by up to 20% and juice extraction in the winery was lower than normal. Whites tend to be fuller bodied than in recent years and reds more rich and concentrated.

Viticulture:

Soil Type: Granite/schist rock with clay/loam soil. Average age of vines: 17 years old

Grape Varieties: Aragonez, Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. Vinification: Destemming, crushing, primary fermentation in stainless steel

temperature controlled tanks, pressing, malolatic fermentation. Bottling: Janeiro de 2018

Chemical Analysis:

Alcohol / Volume: 14% Total Acidity: 6 g/l

pH: 3,65

Reducing Sugar: 1,9 g/l

Color: Clear, ruby.

Aroma: Red berry fruits and wild blue berrys, subtle spicy notes. Palate: Fresh, intense, solid structure, good texture. 

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Esporao Reserva Branco 2016

DOC Alentejo

Concept: A classic wine made from grapes grown at Herdade do Esporão that demonstrates the consistency and rich, characteristic profile of Alentejo wines.

Harvest Year: Spring was cooler and more humid than previous years, providing the ideal weather conditions for fungal diseases to affect the vines, which meant greater care in the vineyard to avoid problems with mildew. The lower temperatures led to a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the hotter weather from July onwards, the harvest began 10 days later than usual. The warmer conditions continued throughout the harvest, however, grape quality was excellent with moderate sugar levels and slightly lower acidity than previous years.

Viticulture:

Soil: granite/schist, loam-clay structure. Age of vines: 18 years.

Grape varieties: Antão Vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro, smaller percentages of others.

Vinification: Destemming, cold settling, skin maceration, pressing, must decantation, fermentation with temperature control in stainless steel tanks and in new American and French oak barrels on fine lees.

Ageing: In stainless steel tanks and in new American and French oak barrels for 6 months.

Bottled: May 2017.

Chemical analyses:

Alcohol / Volume: 13,5% Total Acidity: 6,0 g/l pH: 3,15

Reducing Sugar: 1,8 g/l

Colour: Crystalline, straw-like with green flecks.

Aroma: Yellow fruit notes, grapefruit and lemon, spices, slightly

toasted, some minerality that highlights aromatic freshness.

Palate: Creamy with structure and volume. Balanced, packed with fruit with a long and elegant finish.

Allergy information: contains sulfite 

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Esporao Trincadeira 2016

Concept: To express the potential of this grape variety and its terroir, giving rise to a unique and individual well balanced varietal wine.

Harvest Year: Spring had lower temperatures and higher humidity than in previous years – ideal climatic conditions for fungal diseases in the vines, implying increased care to avoid mildew attacks. The cooler temperatures at this time of year provided a longer period of vegetative growth and, despite the heat felt since July, the beginning of the harvest took place about 10 days later than usual. The hot weather continued throughout the harvest, fruit condition was excellent. Despite the heat, sugar levels were normal and acidities a little lower than normal.

Viticulture:

Soil Type: Granite/schist base with clay/loam soil. Average age of vines: 40 years.

Grape Varieties: Trincadeira.

Vinification: Hand harvested and fermented in cement tanks where the wine

was also matured for 6 months. Bottling: April 2017

Chemical Analyses:

Alcohol: 14 %

Total Acidity: 6,8 g/l pH: 3,62

Reducing Sugar: 2,3 g/l

Allergy information: contains sulfite 

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Esporao Reserva Red 2014

DOC Alentejo

Concept: The first wine made by Esporão in 1985. Made from estate grown grapes, shows the consistency and the rich, ripe fruit characters which are typical of the best Alentejo red wines.

Harvest Year:

An excellent year for red wines in our region. Lower than average rainfall contributed to a smaller crop with high quality, concentrated grapes.

Viticulture:

Soil Type: Clay loam soils with granite and schist mother rock. Average age of vines: 15 years.

Grapes Varieties: Aragonez, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet.

Vinification: Each variety handpicked and vinified separately, fermented in stanless steel tanks with manual pumpovers alongside open tanks with robotic plunging and temperature control (22-25oC), membrane pressed, malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

Maturation: Matured for 12 months in 60% American oak and 40% French oak barrels. Following bottling, the wine was aged for at least 8 months before market release.

Bottling: April 2016.

Chemical Analyses:

Alcohol: 14,5%

Total Acidity: 6,7 g/l pH: 3,50

Reducing Sugar: 2,4 g/l

Colour: Deep, dark red, opaque.

Aroma: Spicy red berry fruits with subtle oak complexity.

Palate: Full bodied, textured palate, well structured tannins. Solid and dense with great potential for bottle maturation.

Allergy information: contains sulfite 

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