Herdade do Esporao, Duas Castas Branco, AlentejoEsporao
Variety: 60% Arinto 40% Gouveio
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Vineyard and Viticulture:
Planted on North facing vineyards at an altitude of 220 metres, this estate follows a sustainable approach to viticulture. The 8 year old vines are trained using a Bilateral Cordon method, with 2222 vines per hectare planted, producing yields of 50 hl/ha. The soils are predominantly granite/schist, with a layer of clay and loam soil.
Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and crushed before being pressed using a membrane press. The juice is then chilled and fermented at 14°C for 20 days in stainless steel tanks. The wine is kept on the fine lees for 2 months to give structure and texture after which it is then cold stabilised and bottled. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation. The blend changes every year with only the best 2 white grape varieties selected each vintage.
An elegant & refreshing white wine with notes of citrus fruits and green apples. Intense and rich on the palate with delicate floral and mineral notes and a long fresh finish.
Best with asparagus, baked fish and vegetable dishes.