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Frankland Estate

Touriga Nacional 2018

Touriga Nacional 2018

Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion 2021, August 2020 More of this, please! Hard to spit. Far from prosaic and yet a conflation of regional scrub and menthol scents, gorgeous florals and a jubey, bouncy palate exuding dark cherry, tobacco leaf, anise and bitter chocolate notes. Lip-smacking and dangerous. Juicy acidity driving it all long. Scored on sumptuousness. 95pts

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SKU: Touriga18V
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Appellation
Frankland River
Alcohol %
12.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Touriga plays well with others and is a cracking variety for blending. The 2018 vintage saw perfect conditions for ripening Touriga at Frankland Estate, so we thought this was worth capturing in bottle as a single varietal. Vibrant cherry red in colour. Fresh lifted young berries, early season plums, dried herbs and savoury olive characters give a wine of amazing perfume. It’s bold and lush on the palate. Lovely cherry and chocolate characters interact with fine gravelly tannins, salty liquorice flavours and a sweet core of fruit. This leads to a wine of balance with a bright crisp finish. Touriga Nacional as a variety offers good cellaring potential.
Ratings
95 points. Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion 2021, 94pts James Suckling, 93+ points Mike Bennie, 92 Points, Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review.
Awards
Gold Wine Show of WA 2019
Vineyard Notes
Fruit for this wine was sourced from grafted vines in the Isolation Ridge vineyard at Frankland Estate. The vineyard sits on an undulating northern and eastern facing slope on ancient duplex soils of gravel and loam over a clay sub-soil. It is farmed using organic viticultural practices and this is reflected in the depth and concentration of fruit flavours. The vines are trained on a Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system to enhance sunlight penetration of the canopy and optimize ripening conditions. Touriga Nacional was grafted into the vineyard in 2017.
Winemaker Notes
The vines were spur pruned. The grapes were machine harvested and shallow fermented in stainless steel The vines were spur pruned. The grapes were machine harvested and shallow fermented in stainless steel open fermenters, before being aged for 10 months in 500 litre French oak puncheons. Unfiltered and unfined.
Other Notes
Certified Organic, Vegan Friendly
Product Reviews
Vintage 2019 - James Suckling's Gravatar
Vintage 2019 - James Suckling
(23/04/2020 at 1:23 PM)
There’s some real complexity, in the spice zone, where aromas range from oregano and nutmeg, to juniper berries and spearmint. Then comes the overlay of brambleberries and dark cherries with some dark chocolate. Tobacco leaves, too. Full-bodied and juicy, but quite structured and savory on the palate. From organically grown grapes. Drink now and enjoy.

Vintage 2018 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Mike Bennie - The Wine Front
(29/07/2020 at 3:08 PM)
Red wine in a riesling bottle and the personality doesn't stop there. This is a ferrous, inky, smoky red wine underpinned by red and black berry flavours but with its heart firmly set on savourness. In fact there's a bit of reduction here but it works in context, and then some. Barbecued meats and a bottle of this and you'd be away. It sits a smidgen above mid weight, it's ribbed with tannin and it has complexity all sewn up. Excellent 93+ Points

Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ned Goodwin - Halliday Wine Companion
(03/09/2020 at 1:27 PM)
More of this, please! Hard to spit. Far from prosaic and yet a conflation of regional scrub and menthol scents, gorgeous florals and a jubey, bouncy palate exuding dark cherry, tobacco leaf, anise and bitter chocolate notes. Lip-smacking and dangerous. Juicy acidity driving it all long. Scored on sumptuousness.

Vintage 2018 - Ralph Kyte-Powell - The Real Review's Gravatar
Vintage 2018 - Ralph Kyte-Powell - The Real Review
(29/09/2020 at 11:28 AM)
Australian wine never ceases to surprise and enthral. I'm probably showing my ignorance , but who would have thought that the excellent Portuguese red grape Touriga Nacional would find a home in the far south of WA? Saturated purplish colour introduces a black-peppery aroma with a whisper of reduction at first, but notes of almond, black cherry and mocha carry it along. It's fully of flavour, fleshy, floral and spicy-peppery on the palate, with a grippy foundation of tanins that should soften with age. Fascinating

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