Nina 2020
Casa de Mouraz
Region: Dao

Tasting Notes

Ultra-traditional natural wine, with loads of explosive black and red fruits on the nose, as well as that distinctive, savoury, umami-laden “funk” Mouraz natural wines are known for. The palate is medium-bodied, but lively and energetic, with beautiful, bracing acidity. Black currant, raspberry, earth, cooked meat and pomegranate flavours, along with some gritty, earthy elements. This is a contemplation wine. Lightly chill and enjoy on its own, or serve alongside a charcuterie board.

A field blend of over 20 grapes, 50% white and 50% red, almost all of which are autochthonous to Portugal’s Dão region. Throughout the Old World, you’ll find vineyards planted with a scattershot of grape varieties, often with no record outlining what is where. Modern vineyards are almost always planted strategically in variety plots based on a number of factors. Grapes from field blends are usually picked together and co-fermented, a further point of difference from today’s practice of separate pick dates and fermentations.

Perhaps surprisingly, only 5% of the Dão is under vine. Often planted in forest clearings and surrounded by mountains on three sides, the high elevations and relatively low temperatures here create a slower ripening process, resulting in wines of great acidic character. The region takes its name from the river, along which most of the vineyards are planted.

This 60-year-old vineyard is 100-400 metres above sea level and planted with both red and white grapes, predominantly Portuguese varieties. Farming is done biodynamically, with special care given to preserve the natural environment surrounding the vineyards.

After hand-harvested fruit is brought to the vineyard, all the varieties were vinified together. Utilizing traditional foot stomping in concrete vats, spontaneous fermentation occurs using indigenous yeasts. The wine is then pressed into stainless steel vats for 5 months of aging before bottling unfined and unfiltered.

Wine Type: Field Blend

Variety: Field blend of more than 20 white and red varietals, mostly indigenous

Classification: N/A

Orientation: North-South

Appellation: N/A

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Granitic

Farming Practices: Organic and biodynamic

Residual Sugar: 0.4

Alcohol: 12

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 6.34

Other Practices: Sustainable, Biodynamic, Natural