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 white wine is the essence of Maria Gomes (also known as Fernão Pires) - just juice, fermented in Inox, and bottled unfiltered. Full of peach, marmela, tamarind, and tea flavors, it is a surprisingly complex and multi-layered white wine for the price.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Bairrada
Grape Varieties: Maria Gomes (Fernão Pires)
Alcohol by volume: 11.7%