Frei João Tinto 1985<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?A classic, well-aged Bairrada red made from the indigenous Baga, considered Portugal’s most age-worthy red varietal. With its vibrant acidity and minerality, this wine clearly transmits its terroir and cool climatic influence from the Atlantic.
GRAPE:100% Baga. Vines planted in clay soil at 75m (246 ft) elevation. Caves S. João was always known to local growers as a sure-to-get-paid and trustworthy buyer. Consequently they always got the best fruit available in Bairrada.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:A traditional and wonderful pair is roast suckling pig; this will also do well with braises and roasted game.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Open top fermentation with extended macerations. 24 months aging in cement tanks before being filtered and bottled.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:These vineyards are planted in Bairrada, literally translated from Portuguese as “place of clay.” Bairrada has a mild, maritime climate with abundant rainfall, which can make the rot-prone Baga a difficult variety to grow, but also what gives the wines the acidity to age so well.
TASTING NOTES:Big, burly and powerful, this mature Baga is in fine shape, earthy and a bit weedy, but still showing good acidity that gives it a fresh and vibrant feel. It also has a bit of a tannic kick on the end. Classic and old school, this is a great food wine with a sunny feel and plenty of life ahead of it.
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