Touriga 2016

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Touriga 2016


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.

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Deepish purple/red colour, with a eucalyptus, mint and red berry aroma. The palate is lean and medium-bodied, with a sneaky elegance that creeps up on you. It's not big or powerful but what's there is very attractive. It’s certainly a very well-made wine. It has an undoubted future but is remarkably approachable and delicious right now. 93 Points. (Huon Hooke).

The Mount Majura wines are certainly on song at present. This has drinkability written all over it and yet there’s more to it than that. It’s succulent and fruit-driven but boasts a more contemplative side, with spice, smoky reduction and dried herb characters threaded intricately throughout. There’s a milk chocolate element, an orange peel note, and dry-but-ripe black cherries. It just works. 90 Points. (Campbell Mattinson).

Touriga provides an earthy, grippy contrast to Mount Majura’s bright and chirpy mondeuse. Touriga shares mondeuse’s vibrant freshness and medium body. But earthy, savoury character and fine, grippy tannins give it a distinctly separate character. Score 92. (Chris Shanahan).

2016 Touriga Winemaker's Notes, High Res Bottle Image