2018 Koomilya Touriga Graciano Mataro

Luxurious but fresh this is an awesome McLaren Vale red, showcasing the possibilties of alternative European varieties.

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When Steve Pannell took over the historic Koomilya vineyard in 2012 he saw the potential for more than Cabernet and Shiraz, and set about planting or grafting Tempranillo, Graciano and the port grape Touriga Nacional.

And Touriga is the focus grape of this wonderful blend, at about 80% of the cuvee. It is powerfully structured but seamless, a modern take on big South Australian red, being more flowing and digestible.

All the fruit was picked together, co-fermented then matured in a single large oak barrel (2800 litres worth!). There are oak spices, dark plum, licorice and Touriga's signature rich blueberry flavours, bound together by a velvety but savoury tannin structure.

Perhaps an important wine in the development of McLaren Vale reds.

The nose shows violets, ripe plum, woody spice, black grapes, molasses and 70% dark chocolate. The dark aromas and colour lead you to believe the palate will be heavy, but a surprise awaits. Touriga's typically savoury entry is followed by a gradual unfurling of dark fruits from the Mataro and Graciano. The tannins penetrate all corners but don't dominate nor distract from the freshness of the fruit. The finish is intensely long and moreish.

94 Points - "A cleverly resolved blend that is bursting with touriga's purple and dark-berry fruit aromas and flavors. Then graciano and mataro build the wine in layers on the palate. The smoothly honed finish is impressive. Drink over the next eight years. " - JamesSuckling.com

Customer Reviews

S.C. Pannell

Quite simply, Stephen Pannell is one of Australia’s finest and most imaginative winemakers. He’s a Jimmy Watson Trophy winner, a McLaren Vale Bushing King winner, a two-time Max Schubert Trophy winner, International Red Winemaker of the Year and Decanter Magazine’s 50 Most Influential Contributors to the World of Wine. Nick Stock described him as potentially “one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wines in our age”.

Steve’s wines are made with modern Australian food and wine culture at the front of mind. The wines come from a range of stunning McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills vineyards, and are made from sustainable varieties that properly suit his South Australian climate. They're built around brightness of fruit and savoury tannin structure, and whatever your poison is Steve has you covered!

He is truly one of the most forward-thinking and inspirational Australian winemakers alive today.

Visionary winemaker Stephen Charles Pannell Discover S.C. Pannell

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