Touriga Nacional Cellar Pack

Winter has finally arrived and the frosts of the last week have stripped any remaining leaves off the grapevines. In order to help keep your toes warm on these cold nights I have delved into my personal cellar and put together a pack of the exquisite Portuguese variety, Touriga Nacional.  This pack contains three vintages: 2015, 2016 and 2018 and a bonus bottle of our top Pinot Noir from the 2017 vintage. 2017 was a cooler, wet vintage and because Touriga can be prone to disease we did not purchased any in 2017. What I have included instead into this pack  is a bottle of my Barrel Select Pinot Noir; an exceptional wine that loved the cool 2017 ripening period.  Touriga ferments are so intense and unique, initially displaying wild berry fruit characters, which are then followed by aromatic fresh fermentation notes and intense, bright, purple hued colours. The finished wines are fragrant with rose petal aromas and a palate that has a unique intensity of fruit character with elegant floral notes and an amazing savoury finish. This is my go-to wine for all hearty, red meat dishes – a perfect compliment!.

Touriga Nacional is Portugal’s national variety and plays a prominent role in the blends used for ports and table wine in the world-renowned Douro and Dao river valleys. It is widely believed to produce the finest red wines in Portugal.  Langhorne Creek in South Australia experiences climatic conditions that closely resemble those experienced along the Douro valley and foster the production of premium Touriga Nacional.

Cellar Pack Contains:

  • 1 x 2015 Touriga Nacional (Silver Medal Boutique Wine Show)
  • 1 x 2016 Touriga Nacional (93 points James Halliday Companion)
  • 1 x 2018 Touriga Nacional (Hot 100 Wines 2019)
  • + Bonus bottle of New Era Barrel Select Pinot Noir (value $34.99)
Cost = $95.00 (value $124.97 + free postage to capital cities)

Vintage Notes:

In 2015 we experienced an exceptional long ripening period which meant that we were able to produce a fuller style of wine, whereas 2016, 2017 and 2018, being cooler, enabled us to produce an more austere style of wine with considerable ageing potential. 2018 in particular has been the best vintage that we have experienced since 2002. In all of these years the ripening period was very mild and this was very conducive to the production of intense varietal characters which are clearly expressed in these wines. The timing for the harvesting of these grapes as we get close to harvest is determined through a very intensive sampling program and monitoring of sugar development and flavour characters. The importance of flavour development monitoring in the vineyard through the ripening period is crucial in ensuring that the grapes are harvested at the optimal time.

Winemaking Notes: 

The grapes are destemmed following harvest and inoculated with a yeast strain that is chosen to enhance the varietal characters of the fruit. Half of the Pinot Noir is not inoculated with yeast but allowed to ferment with naturally occurring yeast. This results in the formation of unique characters that are evident in this wine; developed, complex truffle, game and earthy characters typical of those found in great Burgundian Pinot Noirs. The wines were fermented for 10-14 days with strict temperature control in order to retain the varietal and fermentation characters. Following fermentation the wines were subjected to an extended maceration period on skins in a sealed tank under the cover of carbon dioxide for an additional two weeks.  The must was then gently 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 each without any fining or filtration in order to retain maximum flavour and character.

Touriga Cellar Pack: $95.00

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