McLaren Vale Touriga 2019

This Heirloom Vineyards Touriga was made from our best McLaren Vale Vineyard in the Willunga basin, whose manicured vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch with 30% whole bunches, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well-seasoned French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 9 months before bottling.

The wine's colour is an unbelievable hue of bright violet-blue. Rainbow spectrum indigo and flashes of dark red and purple.

The aroma is graphite and lead, galvanised iron, fountain pen ink, lavender, rosemary, plum skin, dried tangerine peel, slate, and marcos pombalinas granite.

The palate is a textural encyclopaedia in tannins and acids. The front-palate bursts with undiminishing fruit plushness: cranberry, blueberry, boysenberry, mulberry and reduced plums. The acid and the tannins - the latter which are so infinitely fine - drive the line and length of this powerful yet friendly red wine. It is beguilingly approachable and yet also savoury. A rewarding and satisfying finish.

A red table wine in such a guise makes one wonder why it has taken so long for touriga to escape is usual fortified port habit. Its plushness checked by its drying tannins and stretching acidity makes this a red wine more versatile with food than the text books might recommend. Char-grilled scallops on the half-shell with slices of char-grilled chorizo and a little pot of garlic mashed potato set off by a few drops of truffle oil.

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