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Sadly this was the last ever vintage of the First Drop J R Gantos Cabernet Sauvignon Touriga Nacional; for a different, fruitier style of Cabernet from the same producer, try Mother's Ruin
The wine is as the producer says below, a classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon - blackcurrant, chocolate - with that hint of freshness from eucalyptus often found in New World Cabernets plus interesting floral and port notes from the Touriga Nacional; more usually found in Port and in some red wines from the Douro, Touriga Nacional comprises 5% of the blend in this 2016.
This was a warm vintage and considered to be reminiscent of the amazing 2012 vintage meaning it's a full-flavoured, complex wine but one that manages to keep its trademark freshness. The lovely concentrated flavours include cassis, blackcurrant and chocolate with the slightly leafy hint cutting through. The tannins are noticeable giving the wine some structure but they are also quite velvety. This is a lovely, concentrated wine ready for drinking now but it will for a number of years yet.
This concentrated medium-bodied wine with noticeable yet velvety tannins is a great match for beef, lamb, goose and game; also a good match for mushrooms, hard cheeses and mild blue cheeses
"This wine displays all the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon – blackcurrant, chocolate with a hint of herbaceousness delivered on a rich palate of dense, firm tannins. But JR Gantos loves his port, and couldn’t help adding a splash (5%) of Touriga Nacional, which gives a varietal floral lift. St Estephe on steroids meets the Douro!
Colour: Deep Crimson. Bouquet: Lifted cassis and florals with a hint of leafiness. Palate: Rich, vibrant blackcurrant and chocolate flavours with a hint of eucalypt are balanced with a core of dense, firm tannins"