What am I: João Pato, AKA Duckman, is a made-up character masking as an homage to a long-gone relative. In reality, the person behind the mask is Luis Pato’s 2nd daughter, Mariana. If you are confused, that’s part of the fun of Duckman.
Making wines in the shadow of her famous father, Luis Pato, and equally well-regarded older sister Filipa Pato, Mariana sought to create her own distinct identity for Bairrada wines by breaking every imaginable stereotype and creating labels as artistically personal as the wines inside. The labels are beyond whimsical and the Duckman character at times seems inscrutable and other-worldly.
The wines inside are very real indeed. Finely wrought, totally natural renditions of Bairrada wines are what is in the bottle. Bairrada is a coastal region, about 2 hours north of Lisbon, and is marked by chalky/sandy soils, the ubiquitous red grape Baga, as well as white grapes Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires), Bical, and Cerceal.
This espumante comes from 30-year-old vines planted to several plots of chalky-clay soils in the São Lourenço and Óis do Bairro vineyards. The grapes are hand-harvested and spontaneous fermentation takes place in stainless steel with ambient yeasts for three weeks without temperature control. The sparkling wine is vinified in the traditional method and aged in bottle until released.
Unfined and unfiltered.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Bairrada
Grape Varieties: 100% Baga
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%