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Niepoort NAT'Cool! Primata 2021

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalDirk Niepoort's NAT'Cool! range of wines were created to meet certain criteria : be made as naturally as possible, be low alcohol, be terroir-driven, use native grapes to the region, be affordable, and be so smashable that it's only sold in 1L bottles. Primata is the result of Dirk Niepoort giving his cellar master Luís Pedro a push to make his own wine in 2016. Half the blend is Touriga Nacional grapes, with the rest a mix of old vine Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, all from vineyards at 600m in the Douro Valley's Tabuaço region. Whole bunch and foot-trodden, this was macerated and native fermented in lagares before being pressed into stainless, for a 6 month rest. This lighter red opens with crushed florals, fresh strawberries, peony, and summer rhubarb, with a cranberry tart acidity buoying this fresh 10% red to a cherry blossom finish. Enjoy with a chill and with friends (1L!)Tasted: 12 December 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Niepoort (Vinhos) S.A.Distributors: Vintage Corks Limited
Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Touriga Nacional