The Wine: Deu Bode Red 2020
Bojo do Luar Deu Bode is a red natural wine made from a blend of field blend of 70% red varietals and 30% white varietals grown on granitic soils and hand-harvested in early October. The Vinhāo and Borraçal are macerated for five days, followed by spontaneous fermentation in stainless steel with all varietals. Ground chestnut flowers are also added to the fermentation process here as well to help stabilize the process. Only 15g/L of SO2 is added at bottling. An unfiltered and chillable red!
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