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João Pato - N/V - Rosa Duck Rosé Pet Nat

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This traditional sparkling rosé showcases the power of the Baga grape. Hailing from 20-year-old vines in the Amoreira da Gândara vineyard, the grapes are hand-harvested in early September. The winemaking process is a unique blend of tradition and modern techniques. Baga grapes undergo five days of maceration in plastic eggs, followed by three weeks of spontaneous fermentation, also in plastic eggs, without temperature control. This extended skin contact imbues the wine with color and depth. The wine rests entirely on its lees throughout the process, gaining complexity. Bottling happens while fermentation continues, resulting in a final sugar content of just 0 grams per liter – a dry style. The wine remains unrefined and unfiltered, preserving its natural character. Expect a vibrant sparkling wine with aromas of stone fruits, raspberry, and blackberry. Its high acidity ensures a refreshingly dry finish.

João Pato - N/V - Rosa Duck Rosé Pet Nat
João Pato - N/V - Rosa Duck Rosé Pet Nat Sale price€10,99

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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.