WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Medium,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Spice, Black plum, Black cherry

Prominent in Portugal, this indigenous grape is versatile, found in everything from Rosé to Sparkling and Port.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

  • under-ripe: astringent tannins and high acid

  • late picking, fully ripe: softer tannins, black fruit. Deep colour

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Baga retains its acidity but leans towards a more delicate, elegant style with pronounced red fruit characteristics.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warmer regions, the grape tends to produce riper, more robust wines with darker fruit and bolder structure.

Notes on Viticulture

Old Vines: Many Baga vineyards feature old, gnarled vines that contribute to the depth and intensity of the wine.

Coastal Influence: Proximity to the Atlantic Ocean imparts a unique maritime character to Baga wines.

Appelations / Producers of Note

The Bairrada DOC is the stronghold of Baga wines.

First Published: Saturday, Sep 2, 2023 Last updated: Sep 4, 2023

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Damien Saunders
WSET3 award - Has been on a journey to learn more about wine, viticulture since I started travelling. Every country has something to drink.