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|Grapes||Vinhao, Bastardo, Espadeiro, Borraçal, Arinto, Loureiro|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Organically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan|
Bojo do Luar is a collaborative effort between importer Savio Soares and biodynamic viticulturist Antonio Sousa. Inspired by the techniques of biodynamic producer Fernando Paiva (a winemaking legend in Vinho Verde), Antonio began to experiment with non-interventionist winemaking in his own cellar, using a non-intervention approach in the cellar as well as practicing biodynamic viticulture in his vineyards. Parcels are situated on the deep granitic soils near the Tâmega River in Vinho Verde, not far from where it empties into the Douro. 'Deu Bode' is a field blend of 70% red and 30% white grapes, all native varietals including vinhao, bastardo (trousseau), espadeiro, borraçal, arinto, and loureiro. All were chosen for their naturally high acidity and saw a very short maceration time (5 days!) Each varietal was fermented separately in stainless steel and concrete with one kilogram of ground chestnut leaves added per each ton of grape. This straddles the line between rosé and red: deeper and more intense than a rosé, but not-quite-a-red, it packs quite a refreshing punch when chilled! A generously perfumed nose of candied dark fruit, sweet berry, and spice leads into a palate that takes a sharp turn into bright, juicy, and mouthwatering. Tart under ripe raspberry, cranberry, and cherry meld with electrifying acidity (fabulous for pairing with food!) on a light-bodied frame with virtually no tannin and a whisper of violets on the finish. Organically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.