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João Pato - N/V - Quaaaq Quaaaq Branco

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Crafted from hand-harvested Bical, Cercial, Maria Gomes, and Sercialinho grapes grown on a mosaic of clay-limestone and sandy soils, Duckman's Quaaaaq Quaaaaq white wine is a vibrant expression of Bairrada. The 20-year-old vines yield grapes that undergo spontaneous fermentation in a combination of chestnut and French oak barrels using natural yeasts. After three weeks of temperature-controlled fermentation, the wine rests on its lees for six months with regular stirring. Finally, it spends another six months in a mix of aged and stainless steel barrels before bottling, all unfined and unfiltered. The result is a white wine with moderate acidity, offering refreshing notes of cucumber and lemon peel with a lingering herbal finish.

João Pato - N/V - Quaaaq Quaaaq Branco
João Pato - N/V - Quaaaq Quaaaq Branco Sale price€13,99

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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.