What am I: Casa de Mouraz is married couple Sara Dionísio and Antonio Ribeiro. One of the early adopters of organic viticulture in the Dão region, their wines have become reference points for fresh, natural, yet affordable wines that speak to the authentic grapes and landscapes of this important appellation.
In the summer of 2017, tragedy befell the couple when many of their most prized vineyards were destroyed in terrible fires that blanketed the region. Like a phoenix, Mouraz has risen from the ashes, replanting the vineyards with a focus on fresh young wines. These new wines reinforce Casa de Mouraz’s place as one of the most important organic wine producers in Portugal.
Planet Mouraz Nina 2019 / Casa de Mouraz, from this new more experimental line of wines, is a wine for the times. It is a perfect expression of old-school Dão winemaking done naturally. Nina is a mix of multiple organic red and white varieties, blended together in lagar (open tank). The grapes are foot trodden and then undergo spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeast. Gently pressed in an old school basket press, and then moved to stainless steel before being bottled, this wine is full of wild berry flavors, youthful vigor, bright acidity and just enough tannin to give it backbone. No sulfur is added, but the dried flowers of the chestnut tree are used as a natural anti-oxidant in the winemaking process.
And as noted on the label, Nina the cat is the winemaker.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Dão
Grape Varieties: Over 20 different varieties, mixed red and white from old vineyards, 50% red and 50% white
Alcohol by volume: 13%