Churchill Estates ~ Touriga Nacional Douro DOC 2012

Churchill Estates ~ Touriga Nacional Douro DOC 2012
£17.50 / bottle£199.50 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: Portugal
Grape variety: Touriga Nacional
Wine region: Douro
Wine style: Rich Spicy Reds
Wine Type: Red Wines
Wine Type: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2022
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

I've sold out of the 2012 vintage of this wine but I still have plenty of the lovely 2013 vintage here

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 but with age the tannins in this wine have softened leaving just a trace in a very slightly dry finish.

The wine

This wine has developed beautifully since arriving in the portfolio in 2016 from what was then still a fairly youthful wine to a super-smooth, elegant wine. It's a ruby red colour with cherries and eucalyptus on the nose; understandably it is reminiscent of port on the palate with rich, complex flavours including red cherries, berries, plums, herbs and sweet spices but it is much lighter in body. I was torn between categorising this wine as a Rich Spicy Red or a Smooth Elegant Red as it displays such rich fruit, spicy flavours and has such a velvety mouthfeel. Pure opulence!

It is worth decanting and letting this wine breathe for an hour or so before serving - read more about decanting in my blog. It is drinking beautifully now and will keep improving in the bottle for a couple more years yet given the acidity and tannins which will soften further

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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