Renegado PT NAT 2020 - Folias de Baco - Douro, Portugal 75cl
BOTTLE SIZE: 75CL
WINEMAKER: FOLIAS DE BACO
20+ local varieties, all in a field blend across three parcels. Roughly 50/50 white & red. Grapes include Rabigato, Chasselas, Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Moscatel, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Mourisco, Tinta Pinheira (jaen), Touriga Franca, and many more.
Tiago farms about 8 different vineyards all located within a 5km radius of his winery. One the key points here is the high altitude which differs from the rest of the Douro. He is not on the river but rather on a plateau at the top of the slope, between 550-700m. The cold nighttime temperatures slow down the ripening and help maintain a distinct acidity and freshness across the whole range. Another factor is the variety in the soils. Whereas most of the Douro is known for its slate/ schist soils, Tiago also has a bit of granite and varying amounts of clay in some parcels.
Last, he has the advantage of having nearly 10 hectares of vines that are over 80 years old. The complexity of old vineyards and the vibrancy of younger vines creates a perfect balance in the wines
the grapes are all harvested together and vinified together in concrete ‘lagares’ with no destemming. The wine is pressed after a short skin contact of 3 days and bottled shortly after to finish its fermentation in bottle as per the ‘ancestral’ method. Unfined, unfiltered, undisgorged and no additions.
The name means ‘Renegade’ because this co-ferment was a main style of this region until the 90s. Now it’s considered rebel, a forgotten style. Even the DOC doesn’t see it as a typical wine.
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