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Quinta de Baixo Vinhas Velhas is the result of combining the varieties Maria Gomes and Bical from century-old vineyards with a perfect limestone terroir. Due to the high natural acidity, these vineyards give rise to wines with a pH below 3.0, which makes possible the malolactic fermentation that occurs in 1000 litres Fuders over 60 years old, from Mosel. VV represents the incredible lightness and complexity of Bairrada.

Vinification

2013 was a wet year, with rain during the winter and spring. As a result, the growth 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 old vines. The ripening was very balanced, with a good sugar content in grapes and a relatively high content of malic acid, having given good pHs to the wine, resulting in a total acidity higher than in the previous year. The white wines are balanced and with good freshness.

The V/V white 2013 comes from several parcels of old vines. It was vinified in stainless steel vat, where fermented for 4 weeks and ended the fermentation in Fuders. The malolactic occurred in 1000L used Fuders, where the wine aged for 20 months. It was bottled without filtration.

Tasting Notes

Crystalline in colour, the chalk notes are superb, in a vibrant way, almost nervous, expressive and very austere. Its mineral profile is involved by good lemon notes and white flowers. In the mouth, is remarkably light, while full-bodied, with extract. The citrus acidity brings the wine to a single, fresh, complex, very fine, and elegant level. Vertical, direct and with an austere and deeply mineral finish. A very serious and distinct white, that should be drunk in Burgundy type glasses.

Technical Information

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous-clay

Average Vine Age

80 years

Grape Varieties

Bical/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

Fermentation

Fuders

Bottled

June 2015

Ageing

20 months in Fuders

Alcohol (%)

12

Production

5.700 bottles/0.75L

Food Suggestions

Seafood dishes, roasted fish and cod dishes. Goes very well with dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine, with alkaline and iodised flavours (such as the Nori seaweed).

Quinta de Baixo Vinhas Velhas is the result of combining the varieties Maria Gomes and Bical from century-old vineyards with a perfect limestone terroir. Due to the high natural acidity, these vineyards give rise to wines with a pH below 3.0, making possible the malolactic fermentation that takes place in 1000 litres Fuders, with 60 years old, from Mosel. VV represents in a remarkable way the incredible lightness and complexity of Bairrada.

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 VV 2014 was vinified in stainless steel vats, where it fermented for 4 weeks, ending the fermentation in Fuders. The malolactic occurred in the same 1000L used Fuders, where the wine aged for 20 months. It was bottled without filtration.

Tasting Notes

Lighter in colour than the previous edition, it is vibrant, expressive and austere. The limestone notes are very obvious, enveloped by lemon, spices and white flowers aromas. The austere and mineral profile of Bical is more pronounced than the expressive character of Maria Gomes. In the mouth is remarkably light, while full-bodied, and with great vigour. The acidity brings the wine to a single, fresh, complex, very fine, and elegant level. Direct and with an austere and deeply mineral finish, is a very distinct white that should be drunk in Burgundy glasses.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous-clay

Average Vine Age

80 years

Grape Varieties

Bical/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

Fermentation

Fuders

Bottled

June 2016

Ageing

20 months in Fuders

Alcohol (%)

10.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.51

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

87

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Food Suggestions

Seafood dishes, roasted fish and cod dishes. Goes very well with dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine, with alkaline and iodised flavours (such as the Nori seaweed).

The Quinta de Baixo Vinhas Velhas (Old Vines) is produced from 100-year-old vines of the Maria Gomes and Bical grape varieties, growing in primarily calcareous soils. Thanks to the natural acidity, these vines give us wines with pH levels under 3.0, which make malolactic fermentation possible. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 1000L foudres which were sourced from the Mosel and are more than 60 years old. The VV beautifully represents the incredible lightness and complexity of Bairrada wines.

Vinification

2015 was a wet year, with rainfall in winter and spring. As a result, budburst occurred 15 days later than the previous year and the growth cycle was delayed. Summer was not as hot as usual, and the nights were relatively cool in the last 2 weeks of August.

The harvest began towards the end of August, in the old vineyards whose vines showed very even ripeness, with good sugar levels and relatively high malic acid levels in the fruit, which resulted in favourable pH levels and a higher total acidity than in the previous vintage. The wine fermented in stainless steel tanks for 4 weeks and then completed its fermentation in 1000L foudres, which is where it also went through malolactic fermentation and a maturation period of 20 months. The wine was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Light lemon yellow in appearance, this wine offers its usual vibrant and expressive nose, which is however still relatively closed. Its chalky notes are already quite marked and enveloped by aromas of citrus, herbs and white blossoms. In this fruit-forward vintage, the austere and mineral character of the Bical grape variety provides the perfect counterbalance to the expressive Maria Gomes variety. On the palate, the wine offers an impressive light touch without compromising its full body and strong grip. The acidity elevates this wine to a whole new level of freshness, complexity, elegance and finesse. The finish is deeply mineral, with flavours of dried fruit –thanks to the long and gentle maturation period in the large wooden foudres. This is a serious and individual white wine which is best enjoyed in a Burgundy wine glass.

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

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

end of august

Harvest Method

handpicked

Malolactic

in foudres

Fermentation

in foudres

Bottled

June 2017

Ageing

20 months in Foudres

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

4

Alcohol (%)

11.5

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.9

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.62

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

22

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

85

Production

5653 bottles

Allergens

Sulphites

Food Suggestions

Seafood dishes, roasted fish and cod dishes. Goes very well with dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine, with alkaline and iodised flavours (such as the Nori seaweed).

The Quinta de Baixo Vinhas Velhas (Old Vines) is produced from 100-year-old vines of the Maria Gomes and Bical grape varieties, growing in primarily calcareous soils. Thanks to the natural acidity, these vines give us wines with pH levels under 3.0, which make malolactic fermentation possible. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 1000L foudres which were sourced from the Mosel and are more than 60 years old. The VV beautifully represents the incredible lightness and complexity of Bairrada wines.

Vinification

In the Bairrada region, the growing year experienced a mild and relatively dry winter, followed by a spring with high rainfall. The rains during the months of April and May forced us to closely monitor the vineyards and intervene more intensely in the vineyards. The high temperatures of the following months allowed the grapes to ripen evenly.

We began testing for ripeness in the first days of August, and discovered that there was a delay in berry maturation, which would lead to a later harvest. The harvest, which began on 6 September, occurred approximately one week later compared to the previous year.

We finished harvesting on 28 September. Yields were down by around 30% - 35%. Despite these difficult conditions, the fruit maintained an excellent level of quality.

Overall, 2016 was a good year, with optimal acidity levels and alcohols between 11.5% and 12.5% vol. As a result, we were able to produce fine and elegant wines with slightly deeper colours and outstanding potential. Ageing took place in large foudres and wooden barrels.

Tasting Notes

Pale lemon in colour, the wine offers its usual vibrant profile, with a lot of tension and expressive aromas while at the same time remaining relatively austere. The mineral notes from the calcareous soils come through very distinctly, with an excellent balance between its fresh herbal aromas and notes of lime. A vintage such as 2016 showcases the austere and mineral profile of the Bical variety, perfectly balanced by the expressive nature of the Maria Gomes grape. On the palate, the wine impresses with its lightness, yet it still boasts body with plenty of grip. The acidity and salinity are to thank for this wine’s unique character full of freshness, finesse and elegance. A linear, profoundly serious and distinctive white wine with an austere and deeply mineral finish, best enjoyed out of a Burgundy wine glass.

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

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

à cota do Mar

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Fuders

Fermentation

Fuders

Bottled

June 2018

Ageing

20 months in Fuders

Dry Extract

21

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

4.2

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.17

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

6.21

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.56

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

81

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.99

Production

5567 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfites

Food Suggestions

Seafood dishes, roasted fish and cod dishes. Goes very well with dishes inspired by Japanese cuisine, with alkaline and iodised flavours (such as the Nori seaweed).

Bottle

Box

33.5 26.5 × 6 10500 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 4 Rows 76 Boxes