2017 Touriga Nacional Tempranillo Graciano (DOZEN)
Touriga is tannic, perfumed and dark-skinned with notes of bergamot and rock roses. The whole is greater than the sum in this blend with Touriga, Tempranillo and Graciano playing their roles respectively: providing fleshy fruit, structure and spice.
In this Iberian blend, Touriga Nacional’s perfume greets you with notes of forest floor and cherry laced with dark chocolate. A medley of blackcurrants and mulberries turns to lavender and something more savoury on the palate, finishing with fine, velvety tannins - courtesy of the Tempranillo. The Graciano plays a necessary fiddle, leaving lingering hints of juicy fruits peppered with sparkling acidity.
This 'Capisce' speaks of afternoons spent with friends over a communal table laden with food to indulge in and enjoy together - something we value deeply up on the hill at Samuel's Gorge.
As we traverse through the end of autumn we remember she has been kind to us this year, leading us gently toward winter as the woollens appear, dishes become heartier and we turn to wines that bring the residual warmth of the summer sun. This is most certainly one of those wines...
Time in Tomb: Who knows... 5 years? Maybe 20!