Our third release of the late-ripening Touriga shows ripe fruit characters of dark plum, fig and chocolate, yet has lovely elegance and freshness on the soft, velvety palate.
After the success of the Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Graciano in our vineyard, it was logical to also trial one of the highest-quality red varieties of neighbouring Portugal. Touriga has been grown for many years in warmer parts of Australia, where it has been used for fortifieds, like the ports of its homeland. It also makes great table wine, and is a late ripener for our climate, so we have no intention of making a fortified, but are intrigued by the velvety texture, deep colour, fascinating aromatics and lovely savoury earthy characters that it can produce. This is the third release (after 2013 and 2015) and volumes are slowly increasing as new plantings come into bearing.