Castico Semi Sparkling Portugal NV

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50% Maria Gomes, 30% Bical, 10% Arinto and 10% Síria. Straw pale lemon-green in color. Fairly aromatic with wild white flowers followed by lime, lime zest, green apple, white peach. The palate adds a honeyed-wheat note that brings weightiness that is levitated by the soft effervescence. This is medium plus acidty, medium light body, crisp, with a medium finish. Summer thirst quencher. 

Food Pairing: Suckling pig, grilled meat, fish and even seafood


Region:   DOC is in central north Portugal. Neighbor to Dao. Atlantic coast on the western side.  Dao is on the Eastern side. Hazard is the rain and wind from the Atlantic. Moderate climate influenced by the Atlantic. Rich limestone-clay soil. Flat coastal region that had maritime climate with abundant of rainfall and mild average temperatures.

-Bairrada was the first region to adopt and explore sparking wines with its cool and humid climate which favors its elaborations, providing grapes with high acidity and low alcoholic content.

History:    Founded in 1924 by the Matos Family – 40 acers (16 Hectares of property)

Castiço wines are made by Cave Central da Bairrada. The company was founded in 1924 by José Ferreira Tavares, and was named “José Ferreira Tavares Lda.” at that time. The main activity was the production of aerated sparkling wine. After several owners, the company was acquired in 1977 by Américo Matos. The company is now run by the 3rd generation of the Matos family.

In 2002, Cave Central da Bairrada decided to follow a new path and make a radical change in the production process in order to improve quality and monitor market trends. With the new process, there is no longer carbon dioxide addition to the wines, thus they acquire their own gas, by natural fermentation in closed vats – “Charmat Method”. They also started producing sparkling wines.

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