Joao Pato Duckman Vinho Branco 2020Regular price $19.00 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results in '-Infinity'%
Maria Pato comes from pretty much a winemaking dynasty. The daughter of the legendary winemaker Luis Pato, who put the Bairrada region on the map and is featured in the 2 bottle club, and sister to Filipa Pato, a wildly successful winemaker as well, Maria branched out on her own to make natural wines under the name Joao Pato - Duckman a few years back and has had a huge impact on the new wave of Portuguese wines hitting the international wine market. Today Maria splits her time between making the Luis Pato wines with her father and the Duckman wines, with the goal for her to eventually fully takeover the family's estate.
The Duckman Vinho Branco is, for lack of a better term, Maria's entry level white. 85% Bical, 15% Fernão Pires given a short maceration before being pressed and fermented in stainless steel. Hazy, zesty and nothing short of crushable. Jonathan described the wine as alcoholic vitamin water, and I couldn't agree more. Mango, pineapple and white flowers on the nose, and packed with juicy pink grapefruit, lemon curd and maritime salinity. Early summer in a bottle.
[Kirk Sutherland May 2022]