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João Pato - N/V - White Duck Branco

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Duckman's White Duck is a natural white wine that showcases the diversity of Bairrada's terroir. Crafted from 85% Bical and 15% Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires) grapes, the wine originates from two distinct vineyards. The Amoreira da Gândara vineyard boasts sandy soils, contributing vibrant freshness, while Óis do Bairro's chalky-clay soils lend richness and structure. Sustainably farmed, the grapes are hand-harvested in early September. Following a short period of skin contact, the wine undergoes spontaneous fermentation, partially in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, for three weeks. This natural process allows the unique characteristics of each grape to shine through. Aged for three months in stainless steel before bottling unfined and unfiltered, White Duck offers a vibrant expression of Bairrada, marked by strong acidity and hints of white plum.

João Pato - N/V - White Duck Branco
João Pato - N/V - White Duck Branco Sale price€8,99

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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.