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2018 ‘Nacional’ Touriga Nacional

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The Eusebio of the classic Portuguese varieties, Touriga Nacional is ideally suited to the maritime climate of McLaren Vale. A fast, lively red with a great right foot, this “Vinho do Vale” is made for immediate enjoyment at all team events.

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Tasting Note
2018 'Nacional' Touriga Nacional, Julia Harding MW, June 2nd 2020, 16.5 points

The very dark colour is such a contrast after the Matador Garnacha 2018 just tasted. Stunning aroma: pure varietal character that is sweet black fruit and gently floral, the oak very discreet. On the palate, full of sweet damsons but balanced by firm yet velvety tannins and just the right level of acidity. Generous, voluptuous fruit. Long, too, and even though it is smooth and ripe, I don't think there is any rush to drink this hedonistic, varietally pure wine. Juicy, fresh aftertaste.

2017 'Nacional' Touriga Nacional, James Suckling, August 2018. 92 points

Lovely fruit and fresh nose of blackberries, brambles, dried herbs and cinnamon Medium body with juicy yet firm tannins, tangy acidity and a succulent finish.

2015 'Nacional' Touriga Nacional

Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Edition, James Halliday, Hardie Grant Books, page 262. Rating: 94

Plenty of flavour and aromatics with this variety - florals, spice, densely-packed red-black fruits, there's a plushness with pliable tannins, and it's rich and thick and oh-so enjoyable.

2014 'Nacional' Touriga Nacional, August 2016, Julia Harding MW. Rating: 16.5+

Distinctively bright but plain label for First Drop. Clear-eyed deep crimson. Fabulous varietal character here – aromas of dark-red fruit and blueberry but minus the sweetness, a light perfumed smokiness that reminds me of the bergamot in Earl Grey tea – but very subtle. There might even be a hint of orange in this complex varietal aroma. On the palate, deep, firm, but still slides across the palate and best described as medium-bodied. They really know how to pull back on the accelerator and still create a wine full of flavour. As it opens up the smokiness increases giving it something like a mineral quality that plays well with the fruit. (JH)

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