If there’s one thing we’ve learned from Torre do Esporão, it’s that waiting is a virtue. A virtue they have acquired over the last 20 years of work and detail. In more than three decades, this is only the fourth time this wine has been bottled, after the 2004, 2007 and 2011 harvests, the 2017 edition now joins.
More than a fine detail wine, Torre do Esporão is the ultimate expression of the year’s singularities, together with the unique characteristics of our territories and the experience of those who make it. Made to last, it represents Esporão’s ambition to make the best wines that nature provides, in a responsible and inspiring way.
Edition after edition, the bar rises. And it’s rewarding, when tasting, to have confirmation of all the dedicated work and effort. Waiting is indeed a virtue.
A wine from the winemaking duo Sandra Alves and David Baverstock. The varieties were vinified separately in foot-treaded marble vats. Alicante Bouschet finishes fermentation in concrete vats and then ages in 5000 liter vats. The stage ends in new 500 liter French oak barrels, where they remain for another 18 months. Tourigas, after fermentation, are transferred to 500-liter French oak barrels, 2nd year old, where they also underwent malolactic fermentation and remained for 18 months.`
At the end, there was a 3-year rest in the bottle.
REVISTA DE VINHOS 18.5/20 PTS
MAGAZINE VINHO GRANDES CHOICES 19/20 PTS