Luis Pato was responsible for instituting the practises of temperature controlled fermentation and de-stemming of Baga, but since 1999 releases his wines under the regional name Beiras, avoiding the taint of antiquated practice and lack of foresight on the part of DO Bairrada. Determined ‘terroirist’ carefully dividing selections based on either sandy-clay or chalky-clay, and easily the star producer of the region.
90% of Baga grapes and 10% of Touriga Nacional, from vineyards planted in sandy soils, mainly, from young vineyards planted in chalky clay soils. Beaut wine in a pleasantly small way, with pronounced game and sourberry either side of cherry fruit. Light, fresh, pretty and savoury. Nice elegant round-finishing tannins and bright acidity (Baga can be notoriously tart/acidic).
Fermented without stems at 27ºC during two weeks in stainless steel vats. Matured in old used French casks and in some used American oak barrels. To be dished up with red meat, hunt meals and codfish. Serve at 16ºC. Aging capacity of 10/15 years.
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