Quality Sparkling Wine Rose – Classic Method
The wine for this sparkling wine was from the grape Baga. The wine was made by the spout open process and with gentle pressing of the grapes to get the ideal color extraction. Fermentation was spontaneous, with no need for cooling refrigeration.
After bottling (Champenoise) aged in cellar long enough to allow correcting the conditions of freshness and harmony, without resorting to the addition of liquor (sugar) and is therefore a natural brut.
It is a sparkling wine with beautiful color, fine and persistent bubbles, fruity aroma, fresh, young and harmonious.
Enjoy this fabulous sparkling wine rose with your favorite tapas (small food snacks), if possible drink it with the Iberian tapas.
Baga is the main red grape variety of Bairrada, being also grown in Dão, Estremadura and in some areas of Ribatejo.
It is of high production and has late-ripening bunches made up of small berries. In clayey soils with good exposure to sunlight, this grape variety can ripen adequately and produce very dark wines, rich in aromas, capable of ageing in bottle for many years. In fertile soils, where there is a high production of bunches, the ripening of the grape becomes harder. This makes the wines less alcoholic and much acidic.
The Region of Bairrada – Portugal
The region is located in Beira Litoral, between Águeda and Coimbra. It is very close to the sea, which is why its climate is typically Atlantic: mild and rainy winters, and summers softened by the effects of the Atlantic winds.
Most wine farms are small sized. The area occupied by vines (mainly in limestone-clay or sandy soils) does not go beyond 10000 hectares.
Although wine production existed since the 10th Century, it was only in the 19th Century that Bairrada became a quality wine producing region. The scientist António Augusto de Aguiar studied the wine production systems and, in 1867, defined the region’s borders. Twenty years later, in 1887, the Escola Prática de Viticultura da Bairrada (free translation: Wine School of Bairrada) was founded with the purpose of promoting the region’s wines and improve the wine growing and production techniques. The school’s first practical achievement was the creation of sparkling wine, in 1890.
Baga is the main red grape variety of the region and is usually planted in clayey soils. Wines made from this grape variety are full of colour and very acidic, but also well balanced and of great longevity.
A greatly appreciated sparkling wine rose for celebrations with high quality. Birthdays, promotions, marriages, baptisms, etc. Are important moments of celebration and party, it is wise that the sparkling wine is of high quality.
Food matches for Baga include:
- Tapas (small Iberian snacks)
- Smoked trout
- Roast pork with crackling
- Braised beef ribs
Winemaker: Rui Moura Alves
Harvest year: 2012
Region: Bairrada – Portugal
Bottle Capacity: 750ml
Ingredients added: sulfites
Manufacturing process: classical method
Type: natural brut
Alcohol: 12.6% Vol
Total acidity: 8.80
Fixed acidity: 8.40
Total SO2: 110
Sugars: Without any added sugar in the “degorgement”.
Pressure (bar): 6.1
Taste: fine aroma, young and fruity
General appreciation: fine with persistent bubble and soft
Temperature to serve: 5/6º
Conservation: bottle lying down
Time limit for consumption: no set date, about 5 years.
Enjoy this special sparkling wine rose.