Herdade do Esporao
Esporão Private Selection White 2020, Herdade do Esporão
Portugal / Alentejo
Andy's Tasting Notes
This has richness and intensity yet is impeccably elegant and fine. Different to the classic Hunter Valley Australian model with more depth, viscosity and overall concentration. The oak element adds discreet notes of coconut, nutmeg, cream and figs. The fruit profile is fresh and balanced with hints of peach, grapefruit and nectarine.
Wil age 8 – 10 years easily.
Producer notes – vineyard: From the Palmeiras vineyard at Herdade dos Perdigões, one of Esporão’s properties, with northeast exposure that protects the grapes during the hottest times of day. This 24-years-old vineyard with organic farming certification is planted on predominantly clay, deep and well drained soil that help to create balanced wines with good aromatic characters, whilst preserving freshness and the terroir characteristics.
Producer notes – production: De-stemming is followed by cold settling and maceration on skins before pressing and temperature-controlled fermentation – 70% of the batch in stainless steel tanks and 30% in new American and French oak barrels. The juice is matured for 6 months in stainless steel tanks and in new American and French oak barrels, with ageing on fine lees before blending and bottling.
Price per bottle £34.80
Founded in 1973 by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira, Esporão’s mission is to make the finest wines from what nature provides, in a responsible and inspiring way. They are one of the leading wine companies in Portugal and one of the largest organic wine producers in the world. Playing a key role in the national and international promotion of Alentejo, but also present in the Douro and Vinho Verde regions, Esporão has become an ambassador of Portuguese culture, developing its activities in a sustainable manner.
Herdade do Esporao Philosophy
Mission Statement “To make the finest wine from what nature provides, in a responsible and inspiring way“.
Aim “To be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and offer unique products and experiences that improve people’s lives.”
Culture “Non-conformity. Responsibility, Excellence”
Slow Forward “We like to move forward at nature’s pace – it means creating, innovating, and cultivating with care and responsibility, while leaving enough time to enjoy life. This is a philosophy we follow in all aspects of our production.”
Food matchRoasted/pan fried salmon with a cream sauce
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