Grape(s): Bical and Cercial
Localization: Bairrada, Portugal
Tasting Notes: The intensity of the citric notes stands out in the aroma, accompanied by a slight salinity note. The palate shows the acidity and the typical texture of bical, with a long and tense finish.
Notes: Produced from bical and cercial planted in sandy soils and clay-limestone, it shows the consistency and freshness character of the best whites of Bairrada.
The grapes are harvested in the morning, are whole bunch pressed and vinified separately. Cercial ferments in stainless steel tanks in order to maintain its aromatic brightness, while the bical is fermented in used barrels to add complexity and unctuosity to the final blend. Both age on the fine lees for 6 months.
Food Pairing: Pairs well with chicken and turkey
The Domain: Luís Patrão is a young winemaker who works alongside David Bavestock at Herdade de Esporão in the Alentejo. He also makes his own wines from just over 3 hectares of family vineyards in the Bairrada region, under the name Vadio. These are interesting wines.
There are two vineyard blocks. The first, Rexarte, is on a west-facing hillside with sandy loam soils, and here he's planted Encruzado, Arinto and Verdelho, as well as the more traditional white varieties of the region, Cercial and Bical. He also bought a 0.5 hectare contiguous block which has Baga and Cercial, bringing this plot up to 1.3 hectares.