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Touriga is one variety making a surge across a myriad of Australian wine regions at the moment.
Many winemakers are falling in love with its high-toned aromatics and luscious, juicy mid palate: winemakers like Mount Majura’s Frank van der Loo.
He has long championed cool-climate Tempranillo, and this Touriga is yet another step towards broadening the scope of Canberra District red wines.
On this release, Mike Bennie says, “Really yummy, is the expression here.”
It’s a fantastic alternative to more traditional styles of reds commonly produced in the region, inbuilt with moreish intrigue.
What It Tastes Like
“Loads of spice, like a ute’s shovelled a load of cumin, clove, pepper, lavender into a swamp of boysenberry and blueberry fruit. Such pretty fragrance, and spice doubles back in the blue-fruited, soft, fleshy palate. It’s just medium weight, shows a bit of a smudge of tannin, finishes fresh and herbal-spicy. Really yummy, is the expression here.” - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
91 points. “Geez, winemaker Frank van der Loo is really doing some very fine, interesting things from Mount Majura. Understated as he is, these wines are making a bold statement in a region that though high profile for fine shiraz red wines, could do with going up another notch with broader expression. Here are some. Here is one.
Loads of spice, like a ute’s shovelled a load of cumin, clove, pepper, lavender into a swamp of boysenberry and blueberry fruit. Such pretty fragrance, and spice doubles back in the blue-fruited, soft, fleshy palate. It’s just medium weight, shows a bit of a smudge of tannin, finishes fresh and herbal-spicy. Really yummy, is the expression here.”
- Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
A rare variety in a cool climate, our Touriga shows ripe spicy blueberry fruit and a soft, talcy perfume. There are hints of soy and liquorice and the palate has a wonderful velvety texture.
After the success of the Spanish varieties Tempranillo and Graciano in our vineyard, it was logical to also trial one of the highest-quality red varieties of neighbouring Portugal. Touriga has been grown for many years in warmer parts of Australia, where it has been used for fortifieds, like the ports of its homeland. It also makes great table wine, and is a late ripener for our climate, so we have no intention of making a fortified, but are intrigued by the velvety texture, deep colour, fascinating aromatics and lovely savoury earthy characters that it can produce. This is the second release (after 2013) and volumes are slowly increasing as new plantings come into bearing.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Mount Majura is one of the most exciting producers in Canberra. They are quickly gaining fame for producing top class Rieslings and alternative varieties with sensational value across the range. Their obsessive focus on the terroir of their special vineyard is unique, and the resulting wines are spectacular.
Canberra. A mountain of potential. A sleeping giant of Australian wine. The ability of this region to produce world class wines in only a relatively short history is almost second to none in the whole country. We have some absolute geniuses to thank for developing this region. People have taken notice. Canberra wine is some serious gear. With the ability to produce everything from perfumed and tightly wound Syrah, to razor sharp Riesling and a bunch of emerging varieties in the ground excelling, Canberra will be one of the ‘must watch’ wine producing regions in Australia for many years to come.
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