Heirloom Vineyards Touriga Nacional 2019 (McLaren Vale, South Australia) "...cranberry, tangerine peel, slate..."
Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
Heirloom Vineyards was conceived in vintage 2000, when a young winemaking student caught the eye of a silly old wine judge. A love story ensued inspired by two vows: To preserve the best of tradition, the old world of wine and our unique old vineyards and to champion the best clones of each variety planted in the most appropriate sites embracing the principals of organic and biodynamic farming. Seven long vintages of trial and error passed before Heirloom Vineyards could make a wine that was fine enough to pass on to future generations. That is this wine.
This Heirloom Vineyards Touriga was produced from our best McLaren Vale Vineyard whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch by bunch, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well seasoned first use French oak barriques from bespoke coopers.
"An unbelievable hue of bright violet-blue. Rainbow spectrum indigo and flashes of dark red and purple. Graphite and lead, galvanised iron, fountain pen ink, lavender, rosemary, plum skin, dried tangerine peel, slate, and marcos pombalinos granite. 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." - Winery notes