Churchill Estates ~ Touriga Nacional Douro DOC 2012

Churchill Estates ~ Touriga Nacional Douro DOC 2012
£22.50 / bottle£256.50 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: Portugal
Grapes: Touriga Nacional
Region: Douro
Style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Types: Red Wines
Drink: Now to 2022
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

Portugal's wines have really improved over the last ten years or so; forget those astringent, highly tannic wines of the past and welcome, particularly in this example, to a smooth velvety, fruity rich wine. Touriga Nacional, also seen in port, is a tannic grape and the tannins are evident in the dry finish of this wine however they will soften further over time.

The wine

Like the 2011 vintage, this wine is a ruby red colour, reminiscent of port on the palate with rich, complex flavours including red cherries, berries, plums, herbs and sweet spices. More details coming soon. in the interim see what we said about the 2011 vintage which is that bit softer having had longer to develop in bottle - and which we still have in stock.

This is an amazingly smooth wine with a velvety mouthfeel and rich fruit, spicy flavours. Pure opulence! 

It is worth decanting and letting this wine breathe for an hour or so before serving - read more about decanting in our blog. This is drinking beautifully now and will improve in the bottle for some time yet given the acidity and tannins which will soften further; so, if you can resist it and like a richer, more developed style, keep till 2018 or 2019.

Food Pairing

Recommended with red meat dishes - beef, duck, lamb

Producer's Notes

"Estates Touriga Nacional is an expression of a single grape variety. A deep violet colour. On the nose, exuberant aromas of gum cistus and wild basil with hints of orange blossom. Intense and complex on the palate, showing layers of wild blueberries combined with fresh resinous and spicy notes ending in a long juicy finish."


90 points   Wine Spectator   Feb 2016
"Violet, forest floor and hot stone flavors are joined by licorice notes in this powerful, full-bodied style. Very fresh, with engaging minerality that lingers on the finish, revealing accents of white pepper. Drink now through 2020."

90 points   Dec 2015
"The 2012 Touriga Nacional (Churchill's Estates) was aged for 12 months in a mixture of second and third use French oak. This is an understated, very graceful Touriga with controlled tannins and a sunny, easy feel to it. There isn't a lot of obvious depth, but it has subtle concentration and it drinks well. It should make a perfect food wine. Steadily improving with aeration, it showed more grip and intensity on the finish while keeping a certain, understated and fresh demeanor. This won't ever be an obvious wine, but it will be a bottle that you can learn to love. It will drain fast at the table. It should hold decently, but it seems very approachable now, too, if you give it some air."

16.5 points     Jancis Robinson     Mar 2015

Elegant, velvety, fruity rich wine from Portugal’s Touriga Nacional grape; reminiscent of port with rich, complex flavours including red cherries, berries, plums, herbs and sweet spices.

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