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João Pato - N/V - Maria Duck Branco Pet Nat

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This Pet Nat uses only Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires) grapes grown on two-decade old vines. After three days soaking on the skins, the wine undergoes pre-fermentation in plastic vats before finishing fermentation in the bottle, creating a delicate sparkle. The cloudy, lemon-colored wine offers a medium-bodied experience. Expect aromas of pear, apple (both fresh and oxidized), white flowers, and a touch of minerality. The flavors mirror the nose, with pear, apple, wet stone, and yeast. The finish is dry, medium-long, with refreshing acidity. While enjoyable for its floral notes, this Pet Nat might feel slightly underdeveloped, with a yeasty character. It shines as an aperitif.

João Pato - N/V - Maria Duck Branco Pet Nat
João Pato - N/V - Maria Duck Branco Pet Nat Sale price€14,99

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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.