Joao Pato 'Duckman' - Duck Ray Pet Nat
From 30 year old vines planted to 1ha of sandy soils in a vineyard called Quinta do Ribeirinho. The grapes are vineyard sorted and hand-harvested at the beginning of August. Spontaneous fermentation lasts two weeks, with temperature control, in stainless steel and then bottled. The wine spends the entire time on lees without stirring and is bottle while fermentation is still continuing with 10 g/L total of SO2 from the natural process. The final total residual sugar is 0.4 g/L; 9.6% alcohol. Unfined and unfiltered.
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.