The Wine: Lou 38 Pét-Nat 2021
Bojo do Luar Lou 38 Pét-Nat is a skin-contact natural wine (orange wine) made from 100% Loureiro grapes from Portugal. Winemaker's notes: This Loureiro was sourced from Rui Paiva, nephew of Biodynamic producer Fernando Paiva. Rui has 4 hectares of mostly 20-year-old vines in the Vinho Verde area of Felgueiras. The harvest was done by three generations, Rui, his 80-year-old father and his nephew. Grapes were placed on 20kg boxes and taken to Bojo do Luar cellar, 7km away, by a small pickup truck, in which only 38 boxes could fit at a time. Hence, the inspiration for the name of the wine. Upon arrival, the grapes were destemmed and moved into "ta/has" (100-yearold, 1.l00L amphoras) and stomped by foot. To each amphora, 1kg of ground chestnut flowers was added and immediately mixed into the mass. The fermentation started spontaneously after four days and continued slowly for three weeks. Before it was completed, with around 15g/l of residual sugar left, the mass was pressed and the wine was bottled, unfiltered with no added S02.
The Producer: Bojo do Luar
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.
The Region: Vinho Verde