Joao Pato 'Duckman' - Espumante Rosa Pét Nat
From 25 year old vines planted to several plots of chalky-clay soils, within two sites called São Lourenço and Óis do Bairro. The grapes are vineyard sorted with hand-harvesting at the end of August. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel, lasts for three weeks and is vinified using the traditional method. A liquor de tirage of 1.6gr plus sweet wine is added. The wine is aged for six years on the lees in bottle and is given a dosage of 1.6gr/L at disgorgement in December 2018. Not fined or filtered.
About the Winemaker:
The Duckman wines express the true character of Bairrada’s indigenous varietals and its exceptional maritime influence. There are no indications of the region on the labels, done intentionally to demonstrate an acute sense of place and varietal typicity through minimal intervention in the cellar. Maria Pato, the daughter of Luis Pato, created this project because of her love of the region and varietals, so much so that she felt constrained by the standards of Bairrada wine making. For both of them only the indigenous varietals can be Bairrada wine, not imports that want to claim it as their own identity. Luis and Maria work from two main vineyards, Amoreira da Gândara which is composed of mostly sandy soils, and Óis do Bairro which is composed of mostly chalky-clay soils. Here they grow both red and white varietals: Baga, Bical, Cercial and Fernão Pires.