Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Esporão 2022 Alentejano. A taste of Alentejo sunshine at an affordable price.

Esporão 2022 Alentejano (IG), 14% ABV

€17.95 at Bradleys

A taste of Alentejo sunshine at an affordable price.

This deep ruby organic red boasts a captivating bouquet – aromas of ripe plums and cherries merge delightfully with a floral and herbal nuance. The first sip is a revelation.  Full-bodied yet surprisingly fresh, the wine offers a cascade of juicy red fruit flavours, beautifully balanced by a hint of spice and silky, well-integrated tannins. The finish is long and persistent, leaving you wanting more.

Offering a taste of the Alentejo sunshine at an

affordable price, this easily makes our Very Highly Recommended category.

It’s a delightful expression from Herdade do Esporão, a historic estate in Portugal's sun-drenched Alentejo region. Here, amidst rolling hills and vineyards bathed in sunshine, its boundaries have been unchanged since 1267. They have been crafting exceptional organic wines since 1985 and their dedication to and innovative techniques shines through in every sip.

The 2022 Alentejano, from the Alentejo area in the southeast of the country, is a blend that showcases the region's diversity.  Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, and native Portuguese grapes like Trincadeira and Tinta Miúda come together in perfect harmony,  each sip is a testament to Alentejo's unique terroir, the year of the vintage, the character of the various grapes and Esporão's commitment to quality.

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The country has scores of native grape varieties in regular use, the Touriga above for instance. The Alicante Bouschet is an important variety in Alentejo. It is one of those grapes where both the skin and the flesh are red, that is to say a teinturier grape.

* This is a Portuguese wine region located in the Alentejo region. The entire region is entitled to use the Alentejano IG designation, while some areas are also classified at the higher DOC level under the designation Alentejo DOC. More here from Comissão Vitivinícola Regional Alentejana

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