When you first see this wine and its dark hue, you expect something much older and earthier. The Touriga Nacional grape from Portugal is more frequently seen in Port and is fairly tannic. However this is an amazingly fruity red wine.
It smells and tastes of blueberries, ripe plums and blackberries and has a hint of dark chocolate. It has refreshing acidity and the tannins are noticeable though not as high as might be expected. 2013 was not an easy vintage however the dry conditions meant extra care had to be taken by our friends at First Drop. They did not disappoint making a top quality wine full of fruit flavours. I see this as a perfect summer red wine - definitely one to serve at the barbecue - and for anyone who loves fruity red wines.
Perfect for summer parties and barbecues, this wine will stand up well to charcoal-grilled and smoked meats. Most Touriga Nacional based wines are much fuller-bodied and go well with roasted red meats, game and hard cheeses; this is no exception but because of its lighter, fresh style it will also pair well with meat cooked in fruity sauces, roasted red peppers and mushroom-based dishes.
And to cap it all this wine drinks beautifully on its own, a good all-rounder.
"A fast, lively red with a great right foot, made from the Eusebio of the classic Portuguese varieties... Touriga Nacional is ideally suited to the maritime climate of McLaren Vale.
Colour: Vibrant red. Bouquet: Lifted blue fruits with hints of dark chocolate and Earl Grey.
Palate: Blue fruit flavours with an Indian ink mid palate and a refreshing Earl Grey finish"
93 points James Halliday Aug 2015
93 points James Suckling Jan 2015
"Good colour; the alcohol is not high, and on first acquaintance the wine is pleasantly lively and fruity - but unless food gets in the way - the aftertaste is unexpectedly long and powerful. with a positively juicy reprise."
"A varietal touriga that shows a wealth of bright, purple-cherry fruit on the nose. Super fresh with dark minerals and hints of cherries. The palate has soft, fine, silky tannins and a mulberry, peppery, cola flavor amid a wealth of ripe, purple-cherry fruit. There's a lot to like about this drinkable, modern red."
90 points The Wine Front Feb 2015
"This comes from a McLaren Vale fruit source. Really like the packaging on this wine, but was tasted without that knowledge. Semiotics of this sleek wine label suggests fun, bright, cool, drink me. About right. Sits in the glass with darker colour than expected, backed up with warmth of ripe plum fruit, black berries, briar, mocha powder. Tastes sour-sweet, heading more into the sour, bitter spectrum, but in the way a good Campari or Montenegro might feel, with orangey acidity freshening things up. Sloshes around the palate, firms up to light chewy pucker. Some twiggy woodiness in the flow of thick, dark fruit. Sits light and high in palate though. Good drink. Linguica (smoked sausage of Portugal) comes to mind."