A rare variety in a cool climate, our Touriga shows ripe spicy blueberry fruit and a soft, talcy perfume. There are hints of soy and liquorice and the palate has a wonderful velvety texture.
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 second release (after 2013) and volumes are slowly increasing as new plantings come into bearing.