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 skin-contact Pet Nat is from 15-year-old Sercialinho vines planted to .6ha of sandy soils in a vineyard called Amoreira da Gândara. The grapes are harvested in early September. They are pressed and allowed to spontaneously ferment in stainless steel for four weeks with temperature control using ambient yeast, and is completed in bottle. The wine spends the entire time on lees without stirring. Aged for six months and bottled in October, released February 2021. Unfined and unfiltered.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Bairrada
Grape Varieties: 100% Sercialinho
Alcohol by volume: 12.4%