Defesa Red 2015

A wine with a contemporary style with an elegant and intense profile. Demonstarating the unique character of the selected vineyards from the Estate.
Defesas were large demarcated estates that were protected (or defended) from grazing cattle from other areas. Examples of early agro-forestry and pastoralist systems, defesas had a variety of uses. Deriving from the Mediterranean forest, at the time of the founders, the defesas reclaimed land from forests for the purpose of pasture and are directly linked to the founding of Portugal during the Christian reconquest of the south.
Defesa do Esporão was one of the key examples of this type of estate linked to the founding of Portugal. Its boundaries, which were established in the late-13th century by a charter kept at Torre do Tombo national archive, have remained unchangend until today.
For centuries, the estate has employed agro-forestry and pastoralist methods based on the preservation of biodiversity and a multifunctional system that Esporão considers best practice to protect our ecosystem

Tasting Notes Very expressive, suggesting floral orange blossom and light coffee notes. Ripe, mature plum and prune fruits with some blueberry notes from the Touriga Nacional. Very fresh with a seductive texture, that is sustained by dense tannins, which lead into the long finish. Soft, rich and full bodied, a wine that is well balanced with freshness and acidity to finish.
Vinification/Maturation Varieties harvested and vinified separately, destemmed/crushed, stainless steel temperature controlled fermentation (22-25ºC), pressed, controlled malolactic fermentation in tank. Part of the blend was aged in tank, the other part in French oak for a period of 6 months. After that 6 month bottle maturation before market release.
Technical info TOTAL ACIDITY 6.8 g/l PH 3.58 REDUCING SUGAR 2.6 g/
Wine Maker David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

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10 years


Clay loam structure, granite/schist origin
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