Rufia is João’s more “hands off” natural wine line, made with zero filtration and zero additives apart from a smidge of sulphur at bottling time.
Wild herbs, heather and chamomile dominate the nose, which is pleasingly funky. There is a hint of saltiness & green olive. Even though there was no skin contact, this is a pretty structured wine that has picked up a hint of phenolics. It’s lean and tight with piercing acidity.
Intriguing and fresh, this craves to be paired with nibbles such as nuts, hard cheeses or olives.