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João Pato - 2020 - Kite Duck Branco

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Duckman's Kite Duck is a beguiling natural white wine that blurs the lines between white and orange. Hailing from Bairrada, this unique blend utilizes grapes from over 30-year-old vines on diverse soils - clay-limestone for the Baga and sandy soils for the Maria Gomes. Hand-harvested in early September, the Maria Gomes undergoes five days of skin contact before joining the Baga, creating a "blanc de noirs" style. Spontaneous fermentation occurs for two weeks in stainless steel tanks utilizing natural yeasts and ambient temperatures. The wine then ages for six months in large 650-liter French oak barrels before bottling, remaining unfiltered and suitable for vegans. This innovative approach results in a captivating wine with the potential to surprise and delight.

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João Pato AKA Duckman

The Bairrada region of Portugal boasts a rich winemaking legacy, and few families embody that tradition more than the Patos. Luis Pato and his daughter Filipa Pato are already established names in Portuguese wine. But lurking in their shadow, or quacking a different tune, is João Pato, also known as Duckman.

Here's the twist: João Pato isn't actually a person but a playful alias adopted by Mariana Pato, Luis Pato's second daughter. This whimsical character, complete with a myriad of duck-themed labels, serves as a playful rebellion against tradition while the wines themselves stay true to Bairrada's essence.

Mariana, seeking to carve her path within the family's renowned legacy, embraced the "Duckman" persona to create a brand as unique as its wines. The labels themselves are works of art, often surreal and eye-catching, defying expectations and sparking curiosity. Some might find the "Duckman" persona confusing, but that's part of the charm. It's a playful wink aimed at challenging preconceived notions of wine.

However, the true magic lies inside the bottle. Duckman wines are a testament to Mariana's dedication to natural winemaking. Utilizing indigenous Bairrada grape varietals, the wines are meticulously crafted, showcasing the distinct maritime influence of the region. Bairrada, located roughly two hours north of Lisbon, is a coastal haven with a unique terroir defined by limestone and sandy soils. These elements, combined with Mariana's dedication to natural processes, translate into wines that are expressive and true to their place of origin.

So, next time you encounter a bottle adorned with a whimsical duck illustration, don't be fooled – Duckman wines by João Pato offer a delightful exploration of Bairrada, one that's both innovative and deeply respectful of the region's heritage.