Localization: Bairrada, Portugal
Tasting Notes: A lovely translucent pale pink with the cherry blossom notes of Baga along with white peach and nectarine are underpinned by an earthy minerality. Bright acidity and just a touch of tannin provide backbone to this incredibly delicious and refreshing bottle.
Notes: This espumante comes from 30-year-old vines planted to several plots of chalky-clay soils in the family’s 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. Romy is vinified in the traditional method and aged in bottle until released. It is unfined and unfiltered.
The Domain: 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 its varietals, so much so that she felt constrained by the standards of Bairrada winemaking. 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.