Varietals - 85% Baga, 15% Touriga Nacional
Region - Bairrada, Portugal
Notes from Importer - Savio Soares
From 40 year old vines planted to .5ha of chalky-clay (Baga) and sandy (Touriga Nacional) soils, the grapes are hand-harvested, vineyard sorted and de-stemmed before being macerated for three weeks. Spontaneous fermentation takes place for three weeks in plastic lagar and stainless steel with no temperature control. Aged between 1-4 years in cement and a portion spends six months in 600L oak casks. Unfined and unfiltered.
The Duckman wines express the true character of Bairrada’s indigenous varietals and its exceptional maritime influence. There are no indications of the region on the labels, done intentionally to demonstrate an acute sense of place and varietal typicity through minimal intervention in the cellar. Maria Pato, the daughter of Luis Pato, created this project because of her love of the region and varietals, so much so that she felt constrained by the standards of Bairrada wine making. For both of them only the indigenous varietals can be Bairrada wine, not imports that want to claim it as their own identity. Luis and Maria work from two main vineyards, Amoreira da Gândara which is composed of mostly sandy soils, and Óis do Bairro which is composed of mostly chalky-clay soils. Here they grow both red and white varietals: Baga, Bical, Cercial and Fernão Pires.