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Esporao Monte Velho Branco Alentejano 2021

White Wine from Portugal
4.500000000 star rating 2 Reviews
Reliably delicious blend of indigenous grapes typical of the warm Alentejo region, fresh and easy to drink on its own, and super versatile at the table.
Price: £8.95 Bottle
Price: £53.50 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: PW9651

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • 75cl
  • Drinking now
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Screwcap

Herdade do Esporão

The boundaries of Herdade do Esporão, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, were established in the thirteenth century, and since then it has become increasingly famous for its wine and olive oil production.

Herdade do Esporão’s vineyard nursery houses an astonishing 194 grape varieties, most of which are indigenous Portuguese varieties, and 37 of which are in current production and have been selected because they best represent the Alentejo region. They work closely with educational and research institutions to catalogue and assess the rich heritage of Portugal's own grapes in order to preserve them for future generations. They are grown on schist-clay and granite soils derived from eruptive rock, and the vineyards’ location means they also benefit from many hours of sunshine each day.

The secret to Herdade do Esporão’s 460ha of Alentejo vineyards, however, lies in the large central lake, which moderates the classically wide range of continental-Mediterranean temperatures that characterises the region and can make wine cultivation particularly difficult. This, twinned with the fact that some of their current vines are over 40 years old, is what makes their wines unique.

Despite the vineyard’s size, Esporão does not need casual labourers during the harvest: it has a team of around 100 people who have worked on the site for years, meaning they possess a loyalty and affection for the vineyards and always strive only to select the best grapes at harvest. The vineyards are farmed...
The boundaries of Herdade do Esporão, in the Alentejo region of Portugal, were established in the thirteenth century, and since then it has become increasingly famous for its wine and olive oil production.

Herdade do Esporão’s vineyard nursery houses an astonishing 194 grape varieties, most of which are indigenous Portuguese varieties, and 37 of which are in current production and have been selected because they best represent the Alentejo region. They work closely with educational and research institutions to catalogue and assess the rich heritage of Portugal's own grapes in order to preserve them for future generations. They are grown on schist-clay and granite soils derived from eruptive rock, and the vineyards’ location means they also benefit from many hours of sunshine each day.

The secret to Herdade do Esporão’s 460ha of Alentejo vineyards, however, lies in the large central lake, which moderates the classically wide range of continental-Mediterranean temperatures that characterises the region and can make wine cultivation particularly difficult. This, twinned with the fact that some of their current vines are over 40 years old, is what makes their wines unique.

Despite the vineyard’s size, Esporão does not need casual labourers during the harvest: it has a team of around 100 people who have worked on the site for years, meaning they possess a loyalty and affection for the vineyards and always strive only to select the best grapes at harvest. The vineyards are farmed sustainably and certified under the Integrated Production system, and they are also working towards certified organic status.

In 2008 they purchased the 160 hectare Quinta dos Murças in the Douro region with a view to making DOC wines. After all, long term head winemaker David Baverstock helped to establish first Quinta do Crasto then Quinta de la Rosa before heading south to Alentejo. 50ha are planted to vineyard, mostly old vines, unusually around 80% vertically planted.

Then in 2019 they acquired Quinta do Ameal in the Lima Valley to strengthen their wine portfolio to perhaps the three best known DOCs of Portugal: Vinho Verde, Douro, Alentejo.
The vineyards here have been farmed organically for years and there is a shared philosophy and commitment which makes this small but significant property a great investment for the future.

In 2020 Esporão was ranked 13th in The World's Most Admired Wine Brands by Drinks International Magazine. Deservedly so in our view.
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Sussex Express

It is a wonderful blend of indigenous grape varieties which most people, even in the wine trade, have never heard of – antão vaz, roupeiro and perrum. Some of the vines are over 40 years old, adding...
It is a wonderful blend of indigenous grape varieties which most people, even in the wine trade, have never heard of – antão vaz, roupeiro and perrum. Some of the vines are over 40 years old, adding significantly to the quality profile of the resultant wine. Intense flavours of melon and ripe peach, with good citrus balancing acidity. A great aperitif or with seared tuna steak or roll-mop herrings.
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