Tempranillo and Touriga Naçional are indigenous to the Iberian Peninsula and are the most famous red grape varieties of Spain and Portugal respectively. Tempranillo is also grown in Portugal where it is known as Tinta Roriz, and traditionally blended with Touriga Naçional and other indigenous varieties. Whilst Tempranillo is now well known, Touriga Naçional may be new to many wine drinkers and in need of further introduction. It’s a lusty red variety that produces medium-bodied yet powerful wines with pungent fruit characteristics of fruit-mince or plum pudding. It blends well with the red fruit, earth and cocoa of Tempranillo and may just be the variety and wine for our times. The climatic suitability to the South Australian wine growing region is unquestionable in both of these varieties, resulting in increased sustainability and wines with great natural balance, complexity and flavor.
The grapes were hand-harvested, crushed, and vinified separately in small open top fermenters. Post-primary fermentation the grapes are pressed directly to 500-liter French puncheons, 20% new and 80% more than ten years old. After seven months in wood the wine is racked to tank and carefully blended where it goes back to tank for an additional two months to harmonize. The wine is bottled with a gentle cross-flow filtration and just 57 ppm sulfur.