Mateus Nicolau de Almeida - "O Tinto Perfeito" Clarete 2020 750ml (13.5% ABV)
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Tinto Perfeito = "the perfect red"
From the cellar of the non-interventionist winemaker, Mateus Nicolau de Almeida.
Mateus Nicolau de Almeida comes from a clan of winegrowers, making wines from several regions of Portugal under a few different labels but always committed to organic viticulture, even embracing biodynamic practices in many of the vineyards. Believers in terroir the wines are native fermented and bottled with additives save a tiny tiny sulfites.
Claret, and its many spelling variations, refer to a light red or even deep rosé style of wine that was popularized centuries ago in England, sourced from the vineyards of Bordeaux which at the time was under the same crown. While Bordeaux holds, quite literally, a monopoly on the name Claret, the style was actually fairly widespread with many historical examples from Iberia and Italy having been attested to.
medium bodied, inky, purple fruits, bright nose of plum, cassis, caraway, rhubarb, eucalyptus, easy, accessible and delicious
region: Douro, Portugal
varietal: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Tinta Barroca with a 15% splash of white wine - mostly Malvasia Fina
style: Clarete (traditional blend of red & white grapes that reads like a chillable lighter bodied red wine)
farming/cellar: practicing organic & biodynamic, ambient yeast, 10 days maceration, matured in steel, unfined, unfiltered, minimal so2
pairing: good with a good Portuguese Linguiça sausage or traditional kale soup