Touriga Nacional is a red wine grape considered to be one of Portugal’s flagship grape variety’s. It plays a big part in the production of Port Wine however it also can be made into excellent red table wines. Like this example from Heirloom Vineyards in McLaren Vale.
A big thank you to Heirloom for sending this 2020 Touriga sample our way to taste. We decided to match it with a butterflied lamb done on the barbie with some broccoli slaw after Baby TC was in bed. We typically have family dinners these days at 5:30pm, so the nights we decide to splash out and have a late dinner, means we pull out the good stuff to drink!
“Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well-seasoned French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 9 months before bottling.” – heirloomvineyards.com.au
Grape Variety: Tourgia Nacional
Region: McLaren Vale, South Australia
Other Attributes: Vegan Friendly
Where to buy: heirloomvineyards.com.au
Winemakers: Elena Brooks & Rosie Signer
What it tastes like
It’s a bright and vibrant crimson-mauve colour in the glass. Blackberries, Turkish Delight, cherries and a sprinkling of white pepper tempt the nostrils. While in the mouth its smooth, yet full of muscular tannins with a black cherry bomb finish and a nice bit of spice to it. Decadent, bold and perfect for your own little ‘speakeasy’ once the kids are in bed 😉
As mentioned, we had this with a butterflied bbq lamb and it was DIVINE. This wine deserve a red meat dish or a dish that packs a load of flavour. YUMMMM!
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it. All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!