This wine displays bold dark-fruit flavours with hints of spice, leather and violet. It exhibits a complex bouquet with wild blackberries and mulberries interspersed with floral subtleties. The palate is juicy and full with dark berries, balanced with complex savoury undertones. It finishes long and rich with balanced acidity and silky tannins.
Food Matches: This wine is best served as an aperitif or alternatively would perfectly accompany a variety of Steak, Lamb and BBQ dishes.
Winemakers Notes: Touriga Nacional is the variety that plays a prominent role in the blends used for ports and table wine in the world-renowned Douro and Dao river valleys and is widely believed to produce the finest wines in Portugal. Langhorne Creek’s climatic conditions closely resemble those experienced along the Douro valley and foster the production of premium Touriga Nacional.
‘Fruit set throughout the region was average to above average. Canopies developed to be as large as V 2016 with full capacity to ripen crop loads. January, February (equal to V 2013 and V 2015) and April were the warmest recorded in the last eight seasons. Fortunately, a cooler than average March enabled ideal night temperatures for colour and flavour development. A long slow ripening, particularly for red varieties, resulted in wines that will be remembered for their depth of flavour and colour.’ Both Dad and myself believe this is the best vintage seen for at least a decade with amazing colours, aromas and flavours that have been made into exceptional wines that will age gracefully for decades.
The grapes were picked at 14.5 Baume, destemmed inoculated and fermented in open fermenters for 12 days. After fermentation was complete an extended maceration on skins was undertaken. The wine was then Basket Pressed into a combination of aged fine grain French and American Oak hogsheads where it was aged for 12 months. After carefully racking each barrel they were blending together and bottled without any fining or filtration.
Harvest Date: 27th of March 2018 Bottling Date: 21st of June 2019
Closure: Stelvin Drinking Window: 2019 -2035
Awards & accolades:
- Hot 100 wines 2019
- 95 points Wineshowcase Magazine October/November 2019
- 92 points Mike Bennie WBM Magazine Jan/Feb 2020