What's this, a Touriga Nacional from Australia? Yep, our good friends at First Drop have come up with yet another surprising but brilliant wine that shows Oz is more than just Shiraz and big Chardonnay. We've been importing from Matt and John since they first dipped their collective toes in the UK market and, in my humble opinion, their wines get better and better. They've always been packed with flavour and personality, but they've become more balanced and complex over the years, less "look at me", more self assured.
The Nacional is made from fruit sourced from Joch's vineyards in the Willunga Foothills in the southern McLaren Vale. It's a cracking wine, full of blueberry and blackberry fruit, dark chocolate, soft sweet spice and a hint of tea. The tannins are soft and rounded and the acidity is balanced, so it's drinking really well now, although I do think it will develop in bottle for a few years yet. Rich and plush, but different and interesting, try this to see the variety Australia can offer. A particular customer favourite at our recent wine festival.
SC Rating - OUTSTANDING (Mike)