PoeirinhoPoeirinho

The Poeirinho, which name reflects the old name of Baga, is like a tribute to the great Bairrada wines from the past.

The huge passion of Dirk Niepoort for Baga variety and for the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region has made him, over the past three years, look for small parcels of Baga from very old vines, scattered in Cantanhede area. These wines were light in color and alcohol degree, elegant and fine immediately after bottling, but with a huge ageing potential. In 2012, in the first edition of Poeirinho, we have created an incredibly fresh and precise wine, that is already, in our opinion, one of the best non-fortified wines produced by Niepoort.

Vinification

2012 was a very dry year, with almost no rain during the winter and spring. As a result, the burst occurred fifteen days later than in the previous year and all the growing cycle was delayed. The summer was not as hot as usual and the nights were quite cold in the last two weeks of August. The yield was lower due to the lack of water in the soil and some rain during flowering. Therefore, berries and bunches showed up smaller than normal, about 20% to 30%, when compared with the previous year.

The harvest began in late September. In the old vines, 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, although the total acidity was lower than in the previous year. The red wines show deep colors, good concentration, are balanced and with good freshness. The Poeirinho 2012 comes from very old several parcels, some of them century-old. The wine was vinified partly in lagar (wine press), partly in stainless steel vats, where it fermented and macerated for 4 weeks. The malolactic occurred in old 2500L barrels, where it aged for 20 months. Was bottled without filtration.

Tasting Notes

The Poeirinho 2012 shows a very vivid color in violet tones. Nose of enormous complexity, very expressive in notes of red fruits, with a very fresh floral side. The purity of aromas and its tremendous freshness are impressive. The limestone terroir vibrates in the aroma and enhances the elegance and finesse of Baga variety. The palate is very fine, with superb accuracy. Vertical and with great vigor, has delicate tannins that make it quite exciting to enjoy right now, but thanks to the very good acidity and to its depth will live long decades in the cellar. Refreshing aftertaste, inviting us to another glass of pure pleasure.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous-clay

Average Vine Age

From 80 to 150 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

1500-2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

Late September 2012

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrels

Fermentation

Lagar (wine press) with 20% of stem and stainless steal vat with 15% stem

Bottled

June 2014

Ageing

20 months in a large vat

Dry Extract

20.3

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.6

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.49

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.12

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.63

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

55

Volumic Mass (g/cm3)

0.9917

Production

6.000 bottles/0.75L

Food Suggestions

Roasted lamb, sausages dishes, baked cod or vegetarian dishes with legumes.

Poeirinho, which was the name used for Baga variety in the old days, is a tribute to the great Bairrada wines from the past, which were light in colour and alcohol degree, but had a huge ageing potential.

The great passion of Dirk Niepoort for this variety and for the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region has made him seek, over the past three years, for small parcels of Baga from very old vines, scattered around Cantanhede area. The second edition of Poeirinho keeps the profile of an incredibly light and fresh wine, with energy and a great character.

Vinification

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

The harvest began in mid-September in the old 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. Poeirinho was vinified in lagar where it fermented for 4 weeks, finishing the fermentation in 2500L used wooden cask. The malolactic fermentation occurred in the same cask, where it aged for 20 months. It was bottled without filtration.

Tasting Notes

Poeirinho 2013 shows a violet vivid colour of medium concentration. The aroma is fine and complex, with the terroir standing out in a remarkable way. The limestone notes are in complete harmony with wild floral fruit. In the mouth, despite its lightness and precision, is an impressive wine, complete and with great vigor. Deep, very mineral and refreshing. The high acidity and the polished tannins, make us believe that it will grow a lot in the bottle. Very long, vertical, and fresh finish. To enjoy slightly chilled (15 ° C) and in Pinot Noir type glasses.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous-clay

Average Vine Age

100 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

Mid-September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Vat

Fermentation

Lagar/Vat

Bottled

June 2015

Ageing

20 months in a large vat

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.2

Alcohol (%)

11.5

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.69

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

43

Production

6.100 bottles/0.75L

Food Suggestions

Roasted lamb, sausages dishes, baked cod or vegetarian dishes with legumes.

The Poeirinho, whose name refers to the former designation of the Baga grape variety, is a tribute to the great Bairrada wines of the past which were light in colour and low in alcohol but offer tremendous ageing potential.

Dirk Niepoort’s great passion for this grape variety and the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region inspired us over the past few years to acquire a number of small but very old Baga vineyard sites around the Cantanhede area. Despite a vintage as difficult as 2014 in Bairrada, we were able to create an incredible wine full of character.

Vinification

The Bairrada region experienced a long and harsh winter which, much like the 2013 vintage, brought high levels of precipitation. A practically non-existent spring and a summer with temperatures of around 30°C increased the risk of disease and delayed ripening.

We began testing for ripeness around mid-August by analysing the seeds and the grapes’ health. Harvest commenced at the beginning of September. The Poeirinho was vinified in lagares for 4 weeks before completing its fermentation process in a large, used 2500l vat. It was in this same vat that the wine went through malolactic fermentation and a maturation period of 20 months before it was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

The 2014 Poeirinho displays a pale but vibrant violet hue. The terroir clearly shines through in the wine’s elegant and complex aromatic profile, where one can actually detect the region’s limestone balanced perfectly against hints of spice, cherries and forest berries. The palate boasts great precision, a firm backbone and plenty of grip. Tight, profoundly mineral and refreshing, with high acidity and noticeable but smooth tannins, this is a wine which will improve in bottle. A long and linear finish offers plenty of freshness. With its mere 11% alcohol, it will be best enjoyed slightly chilled to around 15°C and served in a Pinot Noir glass.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A.

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous-clay

Average Vine Age

100 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

yes

Fermentation

In lagares and a large vat

Bottled

June 2016

Ageing

20 months in a large vat

Production

7942 bottles

Food Suggestions

Roasted lamb, sausages dishes, baked cod or vegetarian dishes with legumes.

The Poeirinho is a wine produced solely from the grapes of our Quinta de Baixo vineyards. These are grown organically and carry the SATIVA certification.Poeirinho, whose name refers to the former designation of the Baga grape variety, is a tribute to the great Bairrada wines of the past, which were light in colour and low in alcohol but offered a tremendous ageing potential. Dirk Niepoort’s great passion for this grape variety and the fantastic terroir of the Bairrada region inspired us over the past few years to acquire a number of small but very old Baga vineyard sites around the Cantanhede area.

Vinification

Winter 2016/2017 in Bairrada was very dry. Spring saw some precipitation at the end of April and beginning May, but a very dry Summer followed. The low levels of humidity reduced the risk of disease to practically zero and therefore also eliminated the need for vine treatments. Due to the extremely hot and dry conditions, the fruit ripened very quickly. Harvesting began 3 weeks earlier than in the previous year, beginning on 17 August and ending on 19 September.

It was a good vintage, with the wines showing higher alcohol contents than in the previous year, but with very balanced acidity. The 2017 Poeirinho was made using grapes from various very old vineyard parcels. It was fermented in open lagares and in closed tanks where it went through carbonic maceration and where it remained for 4 weeks, before completing its fermentation in wooden vats. The wine went through malolactic fermentation in the used 2500L wooden vats, where it also aged for 20 months. It was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

The Poeirinho 2017 boasts a lively red colour with purple hints and a light concentration. Complex, fine aromas clearly echo the wine’s terroir. Calcareous aromas mingle seamlessly with spicy notes, cherry, fruits of the forest and mint. The palate impresses with its precision, incredible structure and grip. This is a wine which draws attention with its deep minerality and refreshing character. High acidity and noticeable but polished tannins promise longevity. The finish is very long, linear and refreshing. With its low alcohol of 12.5%, this red should be enjoyed lightly chilled (15ºC) in a Burgundy glass.

Technical Information

Producer

Quinta de Baixo (Vinhos) S.A

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

100 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

At sea level

Harvest Period

August and September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

In wooden vats

Fermentation

In lagar and stainless steel with carbonic maceration

Bottled

July 2019

Ageing

20 months in used wooden vats

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.7

Alcohol (%)

12.7

pH

3.58

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.8

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.59

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

19

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

57

Production

5700 Bottles

Allergens

Sulfite

Food Suggestions

Roasted kid goat, sausages, oven-baked cod or vegetarian dishes based on legumes.

Bottle

Box

17 24.5 × 6 9620 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 8 Rows 80 Boxes