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Niepoort NAT'Cool! Primata

Niepoort NAT'Cool! Primata 2019

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe newest NAT'Cool! in the range, Primata is the result of Dirk Niepoort giving his cellar master Luís Pedro a push to make his own wine in 2016. These touriga nacional grapes come from vineyards at 600m in the Douro Valley's Tabuaço region, with about half sourced from old vines. Whole bunch and foot-trodden, this was macerated and native fermented in lagares before being pressed into stainless, for a 6 month rest. Opening with a wave of reduction, this crunchy, bright red streams black currant, rhubarb, green raspberry, scrubby rockrose on a lifted palate. Tannins are fine and light, holding this to an astringent finish. Very natty, very cool; chill and crack this 10.5%, 1L bottle now.Tasted: 14 December 2020Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: ON 28.00 1000 consignment Producer: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.Distributors: Vintage Corks Limited
Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Touriga Nacional