Renegado Pét-Nat 2020
A Wine That
makes you sit up straight. Super fresh, this has a lightning bolt of acidity. It's high energy, prickly in the best kind of way. It has sharp, lively bubbles — this is a straight-down-the-line pét-nat, no funk to be found here, it's all about precision. It combines red fruits with citrus in an intruguing manner that we haven't experienced before, but which feels like it makes so much sense. Think strawberry margarita with a squeeze of lime, but the wine version. It's the kind of wine you could imagine being served in a tumbler — and why not?
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- Winemaker: Folias de Baco
Where and How?
This comes from an astonishing circa. 30 (!) varieties, many of which are indigenous and some of which are so rare they're at threat of extinction. They include Rabigato, Chasselas, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Moscatel, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Mourisco, Tinta, Pinheira (jaen), Touriga Franca, and many more. The grapes come from three field blend vineyards, which are tended organically with some biodynamic methods.
The grapes were harvested together, and cofermented and foot stomped in traditional Portuguese _lagars _- large, wide concrete vessels (kind of like giant shallow bath tubs). The maceration period was short - just three to four days - to create something light and drinkable in style. Bottled while still fermenting to create bubbles in the pét-nat method. Unfined, unfiltered and without additives.
The Winemaker: Folias de Baco
Although it’s famous for its red wine varieties of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, these are only four of dozens’ worth of indigenous varieties that find their home here. For Tiago, it would be a shame to focus merely on the big names, so he works with historical field blends of over 30 varieties, and has a new project focused on their conservation. These are crucial and brave steps. It would be easy for Tiago to simply follow what has become the norm, but that’s not his style.
Through protecting genetic diversity of previous generations, but while experimenting with new methods, Tiago is truly a revolutionary winemaker of the region. This is about bringing new thinking into the next generation, while safeguarding history.