Nat Cool is the brain child of Dirk Niepoort. Besides Dirk’s activities as owner of Niepoort Wines and Ports, he also owns a small wine distribution company in Portugal.
He created Nat Cool as a response to a market (both in Portugal and abroad) that wanted fun, easy going, Naturally-made wines that could be enjoyed every day - at home, by-the-glass in restaurants, out on a fun picnic, etc. The project started in the appellation of Bairrada, working with the indigenous varietal, Baga. As a rule, this varietal produces, big, dark, tannic reds, but Dirk found a way to produce fresh, easy, glou-glou Baga in One-Liter bottles with 12% alcohol and no Sulphur added.
Bingo…he was onto something!
Now Nat Cool includes a white wine from Vino Verde. It is made using an historic method that was practiced in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the region. During vinification, a small amount of sugar is left in the wine before it is bottled, which does a second fermentation in the bottle. Meaning, in essence, this is a “Pet Nat”, but at very low pressure. Like a Txakoli, the light fizz adds to the freshness on the palate and also is a natural protector of the wine (no SO2). It is also undisgorged, and the lees gives the wine some added texture. Dirk actually likes to shake the bottle to give it a more leesy character. But you can also just pour it gently for a cleaner, more direct kind of white. Vino Verde with a fun, adventurous attitude!
Dirk’s goal is to expand the Nat Cool spirit to other producers as well. First on the docket, Nat Cool Suertes Cool, from Jonatan Lima Garcia of Suertes del Marques in the Canary Islands. 100% Listan Negro from the Valle de la Oratava in Tenerife, naturally joyous and juicy, and of course in One-Liter bottles.
We hope the Nat Cool spirit will continue to grow! But remember, here are the NAT COOL RULES:
- RULE NUMBER ONE…THERE ARE NO RULES!
- ALWAYS RESPECT THE FIRST RULE
- LESS IS MORE
- COOLER = LESS EXTRACTION, LESS MESS
- AUTHENTIC, COOL ATTITUDE
- ONE LITER BOTTLE
- COOL PRICE
- THE INCREDIBLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING