Fairly new on the market and only just in at Apolónia is Mini MOB, and no, it is not in a small bottle; the “mini” being an abbreviation of minimalist, meaning that this is a minimal intervention wine. This usually means wines that do not see any oak and no or minimal additives, which would seem to be the case here.
This wine, made in 2019, has only just been released, meaning that it had to do its thing in the bottle rather than being helped along.
This is a light-to-medium-bodied red, probably achieved with reduced skin contact, resulting in a wine of great freshness and purity, ideal for drinking slightly chilled. The wine is made from the grape known in the Dão and Douro regions as Tinta Roriz, which is known down south as Aragonez and in Spain as Tempranillo.
This is another excellent wine made by the trio of Douro winemakers; Jorge Moreira of Poeira, Francisco Olazabal of Vale Meão and Jorge Serôdio Borges of Wine & Soul. The three Douro heavyweights got together some years ago to purchase a wine estate in the Dão region and have been making great wines there ever since.
Very sensibly priced (as are all of the MOB wines) at €12.95.