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|Grapes||Azal, Baga, Bastardo (aka Trousseau), Vinhão|
|Vineyard/Cellar Practices||Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention, Vegan|
Bojo do Luar is a collaborative effort between importer Savio Soares and biodynamic viticulturist Antonio Sousa, who credits the biodynamic techniques of the legendary Vinho Verde producer Fernando Paiva as his inspiration. ‘Deu Pinote’—Portuguese slang for ‘losing your cool’—is an unfiltered field blend of hand-harvested azal, baga, bastardo (aka trousseau) and vinhão grown on granitic soils near the Tâmega River in Vinho Verde in the Minho, not far from where it empties into the Douro. The grapes are vinified separately and blended before bottling. The azal was direct pressed; the baga saw three weeks of maceration as well as malolactic fermentation; the bastardo was vinified via carbonic maceration for three weeks and also completed malolactic fermentation; and the vinhão was kept on the skins for one week with no malolactic fermentation. Finally, spontaneous fermentation took place in stainless steel with the rather unusual addition of one pound of ground chestnut flowers to help stabilize the process since no sulfur is added. (A lot of work went into this!) Pouring a bright but rustic-looking ruby color, the resulting wine is immediately enticing with aromas of dehydrated strawberries, fresh earth and sand. Driven by a distinct note of granite, the palate opens into floral rhubarb and black cherry flavors buoyed by acid. Overall, it’s chillable, crushable and ready to rock with warm weather fare. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.