Esporao, Monte Velho, Tinto, AlentejoEsporao
Variety: 40% Aragonêz, 30% Trincadeira, 20% Touriga Nacional, 5% Syrah
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Vineyard and Viticulture:
Planted on North facing vineyards at an altitude of 220m, the vineyards are on average 15 years old producing yields of 50 hl/ha. The soils are predominantly granite/schist, with a layer of clay & loam soil. Integrated pest control and a sustainable viticultural approach is used.Monte Velho means ‘old mountain’ in Portuguese. This wine is one of the most recognized premium wines in Portugal.
Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Fermentation lasted for 7 days at 25ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel vats before pressing using a membrane press. The wine is then racked off its lees and matured in new American oak barrels for 6 months. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel & provide a rounder finish.
Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with underlying oaky notes. Full bodied with good depth of flavours & firm tannins.
Great with full flavoured dishes, Italian foods & cheese.