A DELICATE AROMATIC RED WINE WITH SLIPPERY TANNINS AND GREAT DRINKABILITY... IT JUST SCREAMS OUT FOR TAPAS!
This classic Portuguese variety, Touriga Nacional is ideally suited to the maritime climate of McLaren Vale. A lively red, this vinho do vale is made for immediate enjoyment.
Soil VINEYARD: Willunga foothills in the south of the McLaren Vale - 130m above sea level on deep alluvial stony clay loam.
VINTAGE 2020: Below average rainfall over winter followed by a very dry spring; with high winds and cold nights in November disrupting flowering; and hot, dry conditions in December and early January reducing bunch and berry size; resulted in yields at least 50% below the 10-year average. Thankfully a cooler February and March led to slower ripening despite the low yields. Whilst variability within vineyards, caused by the earlier extremes in the season, meant for tricky picking decisions and reds that show great depth and structure. 2020 was yet another challenging vintage, to rival 2019, but again it’s delivered one of which to be proud, with Garnacha, Monastrell and Eden Valley Syrah showing particularly well. A harvest that will be remembered for the challenges posed by bush fires, difficult picking decisions, and a global pandemic, but one that presented a thrilling rollercoaster ride! Hands in the air!
Drink up, but also a 5-8 year proposition.
VINIFICATION: The fruit is crushed/destemed and fermented at temperatures ranging from 20- 25°C for 10 days on skins. The ferment is managed by a variety of techniques, including ‘aerative pump overs’ and ‘drain and returns’ which assist in extracting colour, flavour and tannin from the grapes. At the end of fermentation, it is drained/pressed, and transfered to 3 and 4 year old French oak barriques to undergo MLF. Post MLF, sulphur dioxide is added, and the wine matures sur lie for 10 months.
Lifted red and blue fruits with a hint of Earl Grey.
Blue fruit flavours, with an Indian ink mid palate and an Earl Grey finish.