Esporão Reserva Tinto, Alentejo (75cl / 14.5%)Regular price £17.49
Granitic schists and loamy clay soils define the Alentejo vineyards that provide the grapes for this intense, spicy red. A blend of 40% Aragonez, 30% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Trincadeira and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. A sustainable viticultural approach is used in these vineyards including integrated pest control methods. Each variety is vinified separately in open tanks with automated plunging. The malolactic fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats and the wine is then aged for 12 months in 225 litre French and American oak barriques, with a third new. Shows aromas of mature red berries and oak spice, the palate is full-bodied with a firm tannin structure, plenty of fruit and a long spicy finish. The label changes every year with a different artist commissioned.