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Filipa Pato FP Bairrada Branco 2015

White Wine from Portugal
Filipa Pato is one of the leading winemakers of her generation. Innovative, yet respectful of her roots, she has crafted this beautifully poised, Atlantic-influenced Portuguese blend of local bical and arinto grapes. Fresh, light but characterful and totally delicious.
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Code: PW5671

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • 12% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Cork, diam

Portugal

Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card.

Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced.

Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the...
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card.

Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced.

Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.

The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.

Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.

Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.

Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties.

Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.

Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.

Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus

Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.

The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
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Filipa Pato

Young Filipa Pato is the daughter of a famous father (Luis Pato), and shares his love of experimentation, of old vines, and of the sometimes challenging grapes of the Bairrada region.

Like her father she was a scientist first. She spent time working in wineries in Bordeaux and Argentina before settling back in Portugal to establish her own business, and raise her two sons with her sommelier/restaurateur husband.

Most of her vineyards are leased and in the past some were as far afield as the neighbouring Dao region but today she focuses on Bairrada. She produces the full range of styles in her modest cellar, from elegant sparkling wines which are so much a part of the local cuisine (sparkling pink in particular is the locals' wine of choice to accompany traditional suckling pig), through fine whites and reds, and including a delicious fortified wine. She is a founder member of Baga Friends, a small group of like-minded producers with the goal of promoting this re-emerging grape.

Portugal Vintage 2015

Early tastings suggested much to look forward to from Portugal’s 2015 vintage, not least an excellent vintage in the Minho (Vinho Verde country), which naturally produces a light and fragrant, appetising style that seems perfectly suited to today’s palate. And so it has proved.

By and large the climate in Portugal is warm so the best years deliver ripeness tempered by freshness. This is easier to achieve in the coastal regions (Vinho Verde, Bairrada and Lisboa for example) and higher/protected, more continental regions (Dão, north-eastern Alentejo and eastern Beiras). That said, it looks like a very good vintage in the Douro too, promising for the red wines even if it does not ultimately make the grade of a vintage port release year.

2015 vintage reviews

The Scotsman

Very appealingunusual medium-bodied white with a quirky label. If you normally drink unoakedchardonnay you might well enjoy this lemony minerally aperitif with its silky,nutty palate. Made by the...
Very appealingunusual medium-bodied white with a quirky label. If you normally drink unoakedchardonnay you might well enjoy this lemony minerally aperitif with its silky,nutty palate. Made by the legendary winemaker Luis Pato's daughter Filipa whotrained in France and Argentina and is now back home making excellent wines inBairrada.
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- Rose Murray Brown

JancisRobinson.com

White flowers andneutral citrus fruit. Lots of glossy texture but not especially clear flavourdefinition.

15.5/20 Richard Hemming

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