Esporao, Reserva Tinto, 2014, AlentejoEsporao
Variety: 40% Aragonêz, 40% Trincadeira, 10% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Vineyard and Viticulture:
Planted on North facing vineyards at an altitude of 220 metres on soils consisting of clay loam with granite and schist which helps to retain both heat and water, essential for the Portuguese climate. The 15 year old vines are trained in a Bilateral Cordon method with an average yield of 40 hl/ha. Drip feed irrigation is used in order to manage the water levels accessing the vines.
Grapes are hand harvested, manually sorted, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Each Variety is vinified separately for 7 days at 2225ºC in open stainless steel tanks with automated plunging. The wine was then racked off its lees & matured in 30% French & 70% American oak barrels of which 30% were new. Malolactic fermentation followed afterwards with further ageing of 12 months in bottle.
Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with discrete oaky notes. Full bodied, compact and elegant with great balance. Firm tannins offering structure for bottle maturation
The label changes every year with a different artist commissioned to create the art for every new vintage.
Perfect with roasted lamb or veal.