Filipa Pato "3B" Sparkling Brut Rose NV - Beiras, Portugal
VARIETAL: Baga (80%), Bical (20%)
A clear salmon rosé color with fine bubbles. The nose is very expressive with hints of strawberries, pomegranate and anise. On the palate, refined, creamy, with an obvious minerality. The middle palate is fruit-driven and the finish is dry and refreshing
The grapes for the sparkling wines are harvested from different locations; all on chalky clay mid-slopes with eastern orientation and an intense Atlantic influence.
The harvest starts in August to maintain the fresh and fruity character of the grapes. This way the natural acidity of the grapes remains intact. The first fermentation starts with the natural yeast of the grapes. The second fermentation is in bottle, and unfiltered and unfined to maintain the maximum of natural flavors and quality of bubbles. There is no dosage, so the wines remain dry. Nine months on the lees gives the wine great textural feel.