Gonçalves Faria BrancoGonçalves Faria Branco

António Maria Gonçalves Faria was a mythical producer from Bairrada in the 1990s. Wines like Tonel 5 1990 or Reserva 1991 will always be remembered in Bairrada’s history. Dirk Niepoort (who once was the distributor of these wines) considers a huge privilege being able to work these magnificent vines. We will try, year after year, to produce timeless, deep wines with character, honouring the late António Maria Gonçalves Faria and his son João Pedro, currently responsible for the work in the vineyards.

Vinification

2013 was a wet year, with rain during the winter and spring. As a result, the budburst occurred two weeks later than the previous year and the whole growing cycle was delayed. The summer was not as hot as usual and the nights were very cold in the last two weeks of August.

The harvest began in late August in the oldest vines. The ripening was balanced, with the grapes showing a good sugar level and a relatively high content of malic acid, resulting in a total acidity higher than the previous year. Gonçalo Faria white 2013 comes from several parcels of old and young vines. It was vinified in stainless steel vats, where it fermented for 3 weeks and ended the fermentation in 1000L used Fuders. The malolactic occurred in the same Fuders, where the wine aged for 18 months. It was bottled without filtration.

Tasting Notes

Gonçalves Faria white 2013 shows a very fine mineral aroma, austere, full of fresh lemon notes in harmony with a slight smoky character. With a good volume in the mouth and very structured, has a good presence on the palate. The high acidity balances the whole, in a very fine and refreshing profile. Lengthy finish, markedly mineral. It will evolve very well in bottle.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Average Vine Age

80 years

Grape Varieties

Bical and Maria Gomes

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

Late August

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Fuders 1000L

Fermentation

Fuders 1000L

Bottled

June 2015

Ageing

18 months in 1000L Fuders

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

10.5

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.41

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.52

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

82

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9913

Production

2.000 bottles

Food Suggestions

Seafood, stewed fish dishes (fish stew), as well as white meat. Soft cheeses like “Serra da Estrela”.

António Maria Gonçalves Faria was one of the most iconic Bairrada producers of the 90s. Wines such as the Tonel 5 1990 or the Reserva 1991 will forever remain engraved in Bairrada’s wine history. It is a great privilege for Dirk Niepoort, who used to distribute these wines, to work with these magnificent vineyards. Year after year, we aim to produce timeless wines with depth and character which pay homage to the late António Maria Gonçalves Faria and his son João Pedro who is now in charge of the work in these vineyards.

Vinification

As in 2013, the winter in Bairrada was severe, long and with heavy rainfall. An almost non-existing spring and a summer with temperatures around 30°C, made difficult the disease control and the ripening.

Ripening control began in mid-August, tasting and checking the grapes. The harvest of the whites began on the 28th August in excellent weather conditions, and finished on the 10th September. The fruit for the Gonçalves Faria Branco 2014 is sourced from various blocks of old and younger vines. It was fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks and completed fermentation in old 1000L foudres. Malolactic fermentation took place in these same foudres where it matured for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

The Gonçalves Faria Branco 2014 shows very elegant mineral aromas which are still a bit restrained but full of mouth-wateringly fresh notes of lime balanced out by hints of smokiness. The pronounced acidity in conjunction with a pleasant roundness and good structure make for a wonderfully expressive palate. The aromatic profile is elegant and refreshing, leading to a long and distinctly mineral finish. This is a wine which will age very well in the cellar.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

80 years

Grape Varieties

Bical and Maria Gomes

Vines per HA

2500 vines

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

August

Harvest Method

Hand Picked

Malolactic

In 1000L foudres

Fermentation

In 1000L foudres

Bottled

June 2016

Ageing

18 months in 1000L foudres

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

3.8

Alcohol (%)

11.8

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.84

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.46

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

97

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

1832 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Seafood, stewed fish (such as the Portuguese caldeirada), white meats. Soft cheeses such as Serra da Estrela cheese.

Suitable for Vegans

yes

Bottle

Box

16 24 31 × 6 7965 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 8 Rows 100 Boxes

António Maria Gonçalves Faria was one of the most iconic Bairrada producers of the 90s. Wines such as the Tonel 5 1990 or the Reserva 1991 will forever remain engraved in Bairrada’s wine history. It is a great privilege for Dirk Niepoort, who used to distribute these wines, to work with these magnificent vineyards. Year after year, we aim to produce timeless wines with depth and character which pay homage to the late António Maria Gonçalves Faria and his son João Pedro who is now in charge of the work in these vineyards.

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 fruit for the Gonçalves Faria Branco 2015 is sourced from various blocks of old and younger vines. It was fermented in stainless steel for 3 weeks and completed fermentation in old 1000L foudres. Malolactic fermentation took place in these same foudres where it matured for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

The Gonçalves Faria Branco 2015 shows very elegant mineral aromas which are still a bit restrained but full of mouth-wateringly fresh notes of lime balanced out by hints of smokiness. The pronounced acidity in conjunction with a pleasant roundness and good structure make for a wonderfully expressive palate. The aromatic profile is elegant and refreshing, leading to a long and distinctly mineral finish. This is a wine which will age very well in the cellar.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

80 years

Grape Varieties

Bical and Maria Gomes

Vines per HA

2500 vines

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

August

Harvest Method

Hand Picked

Malolactic

In 1000L foudres

Fermentation

In 1000L foudres

Bottled

Junho 2017

Ageing

18 months in 1000L foudres

Dry Extract (g/dm3)

22.2

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

0.3

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.2

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.24

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.61

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

90

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

2000 bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Seafood, stewed fish (such as the Portuguese caldeirada), white meats. Soft cheeses such as Serra da Estrela cheese.

Suitable for Vegans

yes

Bottle

Box

16 24 31 × 6 7965 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 8 Rows 100 Boxes