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.
From 20-year old Maria Gomes vines, João Pato Duckman Maria Gomes Pet Nat sees three days of maceration on the grape skins, followed by a pre-fermentation in plastic vats, and the fermentation finishes in the bottle producing a beautiful and fine bubble. The flavor is reminiscent of orange marmalade, peach preserves, nectarine, and is a fine accompaniment to cheese, cold meats, and salads.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Bairrada
Grape Varieties: Maria Gomes (AKA Fernão Pires)
Alcohol by volume: 11%