Defesa Tinto do Esporao Alentejo

Per bottle £10.99

Quick Facts

  • Brand Herdade do Esporao
  • Bottle Size 75cl
  • ABV 14%
  • Vegan Yes
  • Organic Yes
  • Vintage 2020
  • Country Portugal
  • Country Region Alentejo
  • Grape Variety Touriga Nacional
  • Closure Cork
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Intro to Defesa Tinto do Esporao Alentejo –

Defesa Tinto do Esporao, Alentejo is a contemporary wine, with an elegant and intense profile. These
wines express the character of selected and distinct parcels on the Estate. .

Full tasting note and wine making –

Defesa Tinto do Esporao, Alentejo has an intense ruby color. On the nose there are intense berry and red plum aromas, with some notes of fresh wood with rich and intense flavours, with a vibrant texture. A long and balanced finish.

Defesas were large demarcated estates that were defended against grazing cattle from other areas and directly linked to the founding of Portugal during the Christian reconquest of the south and at the time of the founders,  the defesas reclaimed land from forests for the purpose of pasture. Defesa do Esporão was one of the key examples of this type of estate. 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.

Made by David Baverstock and Sandra Alves.

Temperatures during the 2019 agricultural year were within the average of the last 20 years, while rainfall was below the average values for the same period. Between spring and early summer, the temperatures were higher than in 2018, leading to considerable phenological development of the vines of average 15 years old, which resulted in the harvest beginning 2 weeks earlier than the previous year. The summer registered lower temperatures in the veraison phase, enabling a constant and homogenous ripening, the ideal conditions to produce outstanding raw material.

Each variety harvested separately, destemmed, crushed, temperature controlled alcoholic fermentation (22-25ºC) in stainless steel tanks, pressed, followed by malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks.

The producer –

Founded in 1973 by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira, Esporão’s mission is to make the finest wines from what nature provides.

Forty nine years ago, Esporão was born from the desire to make the finest wines in the Alentejo region. What seemed like the dream of two friends, has become a project with international and generational perspectives. The motivation behind this family business remains the basis of everything we do, expanded today to new territories and products.João Roquette

João joined the business in 2005, following in the footsteps of his father José Roquette. His vision and strategy brought internationalisation and sustainability to the core of the  company’s culture and activities, resulting in Esporão becoming the market leader in Portugal, Angola and Brazil. Under João’s guardianship as Chairman, the transition to organic farming, together with their  holistic approach to sustainability and innovation, has now firmly established Esporão as one of the key sustainable companies in Portugal and abroad.

Esporão’s three wineries – Herdade do Esporão in Alentejo, Quinta dos Murças in Douro and Quinta do Ameal in Vinho Verde – are located within the vineyards, guaranteeing the best possible quality grapes at the harvest time, whilst following our philosophy of minimal intervention.

Herdade do Esporão is located 170km from Lisbon, integrated in Alentejo DOC in Reguengos de Monsaraz sub-region. Alentejo is characterised by hot and dry summers, mild springs and autumns and cold, dry winters. With a landscape dominated by vast plains and cork oak forests, it is the largest wine producing region in Portugal. A Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) region consisting of 8 sub-regions with a long tradition in wine production.

The estate, measuring 1840ha and with geographical boundaries that have remained unchanged since 1267, offers unique agricultural conditions – large temperature variations, 7 different types of soil and an extraordinarily rich biodiversity that supports the ecosystem.

Boasting 441ha of vineyards, 93ha of olive groves and other crops that are certified organic, the Estate is planted with approximately 40 grape varieties, 2 olive varieties, as well as orchards and vegetable gardens.

Within the  estate you can also find the 11ha ampelographic field: a living library where 189 different native and international grape varieties are grown. Here the team preserves unique varieties, studies their production  potential, and their adaptability to climate change.

From the 2019 vintage onwards, all wines produced with our own grapes have had organic certification

Drink with –

Great with sardines, charcuterie





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Deliveries are made Monday to Friday and not normally on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays though Saturday deliveries are possible on payment of an additional charge.

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If you wish to collect your order from Flagship Wines shop at 417 Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0XP please click on this option at checkout. There is no charge for this service.

Delivery Charges

Delivery in St Albans is FREE for orders over £85, for orders less than £85 the charge is £5.

Postal delivery of tasting tickets and vouchers is also FREE if this option is chosen.

Our standard national delivery charge is £10 and is FREE for all orders over £250. The standard delivery is next day for all orders placed by 12noon and the following day for all orders received later than that.

Arrangements in case you’re out at the time of delivery

Please leave clear instructions in the special instructions section on the checkout page so the wine can be left in a safe place to suit you. As our delivery service requires a signature then if your wine is not signed for it is left at your risk and losses are not replaceable. If instructions are not left a card will be put through your door asking you to contact the carrier to arrange re-delivery or collection within 2 days.

Special Instructions

Please also provide directions in the special instructions box at the checkout to the delivery address if it is hard to find.

Non UK Mainland addresses

For charges applicable for delivery to remote addresses such as the Scottish Highlands and Islands please note that different charges apply and these are clearly shown at checkout. The charges are per case of 12 x 75cl bottles and the delivery time will be a little longer due to the location.

The Scottish postcodes affected are as follows:

AB 30, 33-38, 41-45, 51-56, DD 8-9, FK 19-21, IV 1-18, 30-37, 40, 41-49, 51 -56, 63, KA 15-17, 27-28, KW15-17, PA 20-49, 60-78, PH 15-26, 30-44, 49, 50, HS 1-9, ZE 1-3

If you would like to arrange delivery to any addresses that are not covered here please contact us on 01727 865309 or by email to and we will ascertain the correct charges for you.

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