Filipa Pato and husband, William Wouters have created an expressive range of wines representing the native grape varietals of the Barriada region. Their philosophy is simple: "create authentic wines without make-up to express the true nature of the vineyards they come from".
Bairrada is a coastal DOC which borders Vinho Verde, Dão and Lisboa. It has mild and wet winters and hot windy summers. The climatic thermal range, brought about by the Atlantic influence, brings high acidity and freshness to the grapes here.
This white, native blend is 80% Bical and 20% Arinto. Whole bunches are handpicked and then pressed. The Bical is harvested in early September and the Arinto three weeks later. Only 10% of the wine is fermented in French oak casks, the rest in stainless steel tanks. The wine matures on the lees. The final blend is made in the Springtime, when the wine is stable.
Filipa and William practice biodynamic viticulture and are undergoing conversion to organic certification. The wine is unfined.
The Dinamica Branco has a good viscosity and is straw in colour. Bical is known for its pear fruit character and this blend presents herbal accents of thyme and rosemary. There is weight and softness in texture, working to balance the salty, mineral tang with a good long acidity to finish.
Drink with sheep and goats cheese, dressed salads, and delicate poultry dishes.
One of my favourites