The journey from Portugal to Langhorne Creek in South Australia is a very long one but this powerful grape, so crucial to the Douro’s glorious fortifieds, has travelled well. The fact that both regions are largely dry and hot no doubt helps. Touriga is a powerful grape, big and bold. Wines from it will never be shrinking violets and finesse and elegance are words not likely to appear in tasting notes with any regularity.
The wine is a deep, dark purple. Rich, muscular and indeed powerful. Flavours of chocolate, blueberry, cassis, blackcurrants, cloves and black olives emerge on the nose. The black fruits and chocolate become more dominate on the palate. The flavours tend to be upfront and the wine has medium length at this stage. Should age and improve for a considerable time.