Água VivaÁgua Viva

The Bairrada region is perfectly suited to the production of sparkling wines. Its calcareous terroir and the natural acidity of the grape varieties Bical, Cercial and Maria Gomes are the factors which make it possible to produce top-quality sparkling wines here. In 2013 we wanted to continue the Quinta de Baixo tradition of producing classically styled sparkling wines with very low dosage, and so we created the Água Viva, a brut Blanc de Blancs made exclusively of grapes from the 2013 vintage.

Vinification

2013 was a wet year, with rainfall in winter and spring, delaying the vines’ budding and also the entire vegetative cycle. Summer was not as hot as usual, and the nights were also relatively cool in the last two weeks of August. The grapes showed even ripening, with good sugar levels and relatively high levels of malic acid, resulting in a higher total acidity than in the previous year. Água Viva was made according to the traditional method, with the wine undergoing a second fermentation in the bottle and a 36-month maturation period on its fine lees in the cellar of the Quinta de Baixo. The wine was disgorged in November 2016.

Tasting Notes

A pale straw yellow in colour, the wine offers a persistent and fine mousse. It is austere, fresh and boasts a complex aromatic profile with citrus notes and white fruits harmonising with a delicate toasty character. On the palate it is youthful and tight, but also shows creaminess and firm acidity. This is a vibrant and persistent sparkling wine with a dry, elegant and refreshing finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Limestone / clay

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Maria Gomes, Bical, Cercial, Chardonnay

Vines per HA

3000

Pruning Method

guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

sea level

Harvest Period

end of august

Harvest Method

handpicked

Malolactic

no

Fermentation

stainless steel

Bottled

2014, degorgé in november 2016

Ageing

36 months on its fine lees

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.8

Alcohol (%)

11

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

9.08

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.39

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

51

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9924

Production

3340 bottles

Food Suggestions

A fantastic accompaniment to rich dishes such as suckling pig, kid goat roasted in a wood-fired oven as well as cod.

The Bairrada region is perfectly suited to the production of sparkling wines. Its calcareous terroir and the natural acidity of the grape varieties Bical, Cercial and Maria Gomes are the exceptional factors which make it possible to produce top-quality sparkling wines here. In 2015 we wanted to continue the Quinta de Baixo tradition of producing classically styled sparkling wines with zero dosage, and so we created the Água Viva, a brut Blanc de Blancs made exclusively of grapes from the 2015 vintage.

Vinification

2015 experienced a dry and mild winter, with high precipitation recorded during the months of April and May, which required us to intervene rigorously in the vineyards.

The following months gave us high temperatures and allowed the grapes to ripen evenly. We began checking the grapes for ripeness beginning August and because the fruit seemed to be at a sufficiently advanced stage of ripeness, we then decided to begin harvesting earlier this year, on 25 August.

The wine was made according to the traditional method, with the wine undergoing a second fermentation in the bottle and a 24-month maturation period on its fine lees in the cellar of the Quinta de Baixo. The wine was disgorged in April 2018.

Tasting Notes

A pale straw yellow in colour, the wine offers a persistent and fine mousse. It is austere, fresh and boasts a complex aromatic profile with citrus notes and white fruits harmonising with a delicate toasty character. On the palate it is youthful and tight, but also shows creaminess and firm acidity. This is a vibrant and persistent sparkling wine with a dry, elegant and refreshing finish.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo Vinhos SA

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

30 to 60 years

Grape Varieties

Maria Gomes, Bical, Cercial

Vines per HA

3000 vines

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

80 a 100

Harvest Period

Mid-August

Harvest Method

Hand-picking

Malolactic

Barricas / Fuder

Fermentation

In stainless steel tanks

Bottled

2016 (Disgorged in April 2018)

Ageing

24 months on its fine lees

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.5

Alcohol (%)

12

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.14

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.64

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

67

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

4800 bottles of 0.75L

Allergens

Sulphites

Food Suggestions

A fantastic accompaniment to rich dishes such as suckling pig, kid goat roasted in a wood-fired oven as well as cod.

Bottle

Box

9.5 23.5 × 3 8.2 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 13 Rows 130 Boxes