Drink Me Nat CoolDrink Me Nat Cool

Nat Cool is naturally “cool and funky”. It represents an innovative concept initiated by Niepoort, in which various producers came together to create light and easy-to-drink wines. In the Bairrada region we have produced the Drink Me, the first Nat Cool, where we try to showcase a different and elegant side of the Baga grape variety. An incredibly light and accessible wine which just begs to be enjoyed. Welcome to the Nat Cool world!

Vinification

2016 presented us with a temperate and quite dry Winter, with higher rainfall occuring in April and May, which necessitated rigorous vineyard work. The following months brought high temperatures and allowed the fruit to ripen evenly. We began checking the grapes for ripeness at the beginning of August, and we noted that ripening was delayed and that the harvest would also begin later than in the previous year. Harvest started on 6 September and ended on 28 September, with a reduction in yield of around 30 to 35%.

The Nat Cool 2016 stems from various old vineyard blocks and was fermented in stainless steel for 5 weeks, with carbonic maceration. After undergoing malolactic fermentation and some ageing in these stainless steel tanks, the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Light in colour, the 2016 displays delicate fruit aromas, freshness and plenty of expression. The individuality of the Baga grape variety and the Bairrada region shine through clearly, with red fruits, some spice and a mineral undertone which reflects the lime-rich soils and the distinctly Atlantic climate. Fresh, truly enticing and full of precision, this is a wine which is light on its feet and easy to enjoy. It downright invites you to pour another glass! It is an incredibly versatile food partner – all you need for a successful pairing is a table and friends. Serve chilled. Naturally cool, pure pleasure!

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort Vinhos SA

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Argilo - Calcário

Vineyards

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

80 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

sea level

Harvest Period

september

Harvest Method

handpicked

Malolactic

in tank

Fermentation

In stainless steel, with carbonic maceration

Bottled

june 2017

Ageing

stainless steel

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.5

Alcohol (%)

12

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.61

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

54

Production

6.000

Food Suggestions

Light and simple dishes as well as comfort food.

Bottle

Box

19.5 26.5 × 6 8980 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 7 Rows 77 Boxes

Nat Cool is naturally “cool and funky”. It represents an innovative concept initiated by Niepoort, in which various producers came together to create light and easy-to-drink wines. In the Bairrada region we have produced the DrinkMe, the first Nat Cool, where we try to showcase a different and elegant side of the Baga grape variety. An incredibly light and accessible wine which just begs to be enjoyed. Welcome to the Nat Cool world!

Vinification

Winter 2016/2017 in Bairrada was very dry. Spring saw some precipitation at the end of April and beginning May, but a very dry Summer followed. The low levels of humidity reduced the risk of disease to practically zero and therefore also eliminated the need for vine treatments. Due to the extremely hot and dry conditions, the fruit ripened very quickly. Harvesting began 3 weeks earlier than in the previous year, beginning on 17 August and ending on 19 September.

It was a good vintage, with the wines showing more intense colour and higher alcohol contents than in the previous year, but with very balanced acidity. The Nat Cool 2017 stems from various old vineyard blocks and was fermented in stainless steel for 5 weeks, with carbonic maceration. After undergoing malolactic fermentation and some ageing in these stainless steel tanks, the wine was bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Light in colour, the 2017 has a very fruity character, but with more freshness and floral notes than the first vintage of this wine. The individuality of the Baga grape variety and the Bairrada region shine through clearly, with red fruits, some spice and a mineral undertone which reflects the lime-rich soils and the distinctly Atlantic climate. Fresh, truly enticing and full of precision, this is a wine which is light on its feet and easy to enjoy. It downright invites you to pour another glass! It is an incredibly versatile food partner – all you need for a successful pairing is a table and friends. Serve chilled. Naturally cool, pure pleasure!

Technical Information

Producer

Niepoort Vinhos SA

Region

Bairrada

Soil Type

Calcareous clay

Average Vine Age

80 to 100 years

Grape Varieties

Baga

Vines per HA

2500

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

at sea level

Harvest Period

september 2017

Harvest Method

hand picked

Malolactic

yes in tank

Fermentation

in stainless steel with carbonic maceration

Bottled

may 2018

Ageing

stainless steel

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2.1

Alcohol (%)

11.5

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

4.91

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.66

Total SO2 (mg/dm3)

52

Production

16000 garrafas/1L

Food Suggestions

Light and simple dishes as well as comfort food.

Bottle

Box

19.5 26.5 × 6 8980 cardboard

Palette

120 80 × 7 Rows 77 Boxes