Producer: Bojo do Luar
Category: Wine - Still - Red
Grapes: Azal, Baga, Bastardo, and Vinhão
Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
Appellation: Vinho Verde
Alcohol by volume: 12.5%
A low-intervention blend of field blend of red and white varietals grown on granitic soils. Equal parts Azal, Baga, Bastardo and Vinhāo, all grapes are hand-harvested together, vinified separately, blended in February and bottled in March. The Azal was directly pressed with no skin contact; the Baga macerated for three weeks and completes malolactic fermentation; the Bastardo was done with carbonic maceration for three weeks and completes malolactic fermentation, and the Vinhāo is kept on skins for one week with no malolactic fermentation occurs. Everything is done in stainless steel with spontaneous fermentation and one pound of ground chestnut flowers that help stabilizes the process. An unfiltered and chillable red!
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
The Bojo do Luar project came to life during a trip Savio made to the Vinho Verde region. Here he met Fernando Paiva, a biodynamic producer who has been experimenting with adding ground chestnut flowers to the grapes and must before fermentation began. Meanwhile he’s halted using SO2 altogether since 2017.
Fernando is a regional reference for non-interventionist winemaking. He was the first Portuguese producer to acquire the DEMETER certification and through him Savio met another producer, Antonio Sousa, who practiced biodynamic viticulture, but still used traditional and conventional winemaking methods in the cellar.
Savio was undeterred and saw this as an opportunity: to use the traditional autochthonous varietals of Northern Portugal, and apply his knowledge and experience of many decades working with French producers, mainly in Burgundy and Loire. With Antonio’s winemaking experience and openness to experiment using a non-intervention approach in the cellar, the Bojo do Luar wines started to take shape. The region has a mostly cool temperate climate throughout Spring, then very warm days, and cool nights until the harvest in September. Five red grape varietals and three whites were chosen for their natural high levels of tartaric acids and low PH.
The parcels are located near the Tâmega river, with deep granitic soils and south-south-western exposure, not too far from where it empties into the Douro River. Each grape varietal was vinified separately in stainless steel and concrete. As stabilizer, one kilo of ground chestnut leaves was added per each ton of grape, before fermentation starts. There was minimal intervention throughout the entire process in the cellar. Once the blend for each wine was defined, only 10g/l of SO2 was added at bottling.