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Herdade Do Esporao Quatro Castas 2014

Other Red Blends from Alentejo, Portugal
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4.1 7 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Clear deep ruby color. Exuberant red berry fruit aromatics of Touriga Franca with mocha notes from Syrah. Dense and compact palate, with bright fruit and integrated toasty oak. Well structured with a long finish.

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Judicious use of Cabernet brings blackcurrant and line to this blend, lovely length, intensity of fruit, balance. Some dusty tannins, mineral notes and red fruits, combined with elegant oak and a dry finish. A versatile and sophisticated wine; good with food or alone. Heady black fruits on the nose, spicy, velvety and chocolatey on the palate, with good length and freshness for all its concentration.
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Herdade Do Esporao

Herdade Do Esporao

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Herdade Do Esporao, Alentejo, Portugal
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Of all the sub-regions in the Alentejo, Herdade Do Esporao chose Reguengos de Monsaraz because it was the one that guaranteed full-bodied but elegant wines that are rounded and seductive, due to the combination of poor, stony soles and a tough summer climate that brings hot days and cool nights, followed by a harsh winter. It is here, in the heart of Reguengos de Monsaraz, that Alentejo wines are most balanced, whilst powerful, appealing, lively and with good ageing potential. If the vineyards represent the lungs of Herdade do Esporão, then the winery is the heart that beats to the pace of the grape harvest and the sequence of tasks defined by the year’s schedule and the winemaking team.

Alentejo

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Responsible for a majority of Portugal’s fine wine production—and over half of the world’s cork production—Alentejo represents a major force in Portugal’s wine industry. Tthis southern Portugese region is characterized by stretches of rolling plains and vineyards dotted with majestic cork oaks. Access to land enables the farmers of Alentejo to produce wines in great economies of scale, without compromising quality, compared to those regions to the north. The region of Alentejo indeed covers a third of the country.

Its classified (DOP) wines must come from one of eight subregions, where elevations are a bit higher, air cooler and less fertile soils are perfect for vines. The optimal regions are Portalegre, Borba, Redondo, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Granja-Amareleja, Vidigueira, Evora and Mour. Alentejo is not without the conveniences of modern winemaking as well. Irrigation supplements low rainfall and temperature control in the winery assures high quality wines.

The potential of the area has attracted many producers and its wine production continues to grow. Alentejo’s charming, fruit-forward wines have naturally led to local and global popularity.

White wines tend to be blends of Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Arinto. In growing proportions, the white grapes Verdelho, Alvarinho, and Viognier enjoy success. But red varieties actually exceed whites in Alentejo. Aragonez, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, and Castelão grapes blend well together and are responsible for most of the Alentejo reds.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

EPC34873_2014 Item# 169643