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Herdade do Esporão - 2017 - Vinho de Talha Roupeiro Branco

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A unique 2017 white wine born from a cooler and wetter year in Alentejo compared to the previous one. While November to February saw more rain and colder temperatures, overall, the year fell within the region's 18-year averages. Spring brought warmer weather, advancing the grapes' development cycle. The hot and dry summer ensured healthy fruit while an earlier-than-usual cool down in August and September accelerated ripening. This resulted in higher sugar levels in the grapes, translating to a fuller-bodied white wine. The grapes, a blend of Diagalves varietals, were grown in open fields with sandy soil. The winemaking process embraces tradition. After destemming, fermentation occurs in clay amphorae (talhas) coated with pine pitch, utilizing indigenous yeasts. The wine rests on the lees until late November, extracting further complexity. Following pressing, the wine sees a brief aging period in stainless steel tanks before bottling.

Herdade do Esporão - 2017 - Vinho de Talha Roupeiro Branco
Herdade do Esporão - 2017 - Vinho de Talha Roupeiro Branco Sale price€40,99

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Herdade do Esporão

Tucked between the rolling hills and sun-kissed landscapes of Portugal's Alentejo region, Herdade do Esporão stands as a beacon of winemaking excellence and a testament to the deep-rooted traditions of the land. Founded in 1973 by José Maria Vieira de Almeida, this sprawling estate encompasses over 7,500 hectares, seamlessly blending modern viticulture with a profound respect for the region's rich heritage.

Herdade do Esporão is more than just a vineyard; it's an ecosystem teeming with life. The estate is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including over 2,000 plant species and 250 bird species. This commitment to biodiversity is not just a matter of environmental stewardship; it's an integral part of their winemaking philosophy.

The estate's vineyards stretch across gently undulating hills, basking in the warm Alentejo sun. Here, over 500 hectares are dedicated to cultivating a variety of grape varieties, each carefully selected to express the unique character of the terroir. From the noble Arinto and Alicante Bouschet to the indigenous Tinta Grossa and Trincadeira, these grapes thrive in the estate's clay-limestone soils, nurtured by sustainable viticultural practices.

At the heart of Herdade do Esporão lies a deep reverence for traditional winemaking methods. Grapes are hand-harvested at the peak of ripeness, ensuring the highest quality and preserving the integrity of the fruit. Fermentation takes place in a combination of modern stainless steel tanks and traditional clay amphorae, allowing for a harmonious balance between fruitiness and complexity.

Herdade do Esporão's dedication to quality has been recognized both nationally and internationally. Their wines have consistently garnered prestigious awards, including gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge. This acclaim is a testament to the estate's unwavering commitment to producing wines that reflect the true essence of Alentejo.