2016 Dry Red Wine No. 3

$100.00

Fragrant with wild berries and cardamom spices, some nettle and charcuterie complexity. Leading with the powerful fruit and licorice spice of Touriga Naçional, the Tinta Cão lends its bright and fragrant blue fruit energy. Tinta Roriz brings a savoury depth to the palate to compliment the Tinta Amarela’s floral and bay leaf herbal lift. To tie everything together the finesse of Alvarelhão and the acidity of the Sousão tightens and drives the long palate.

Accolades: Gold Medal – Wine of Class, Single Red Varieties and Blends (2017 Yarra Valley Wine Show)

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Aroma: Fragrant with wild berries and cardamom spices, some nettle and charcuterie complexity.

Palate: Leading with the powerful fruit and licorice spice of Touriga Naçional, the Tinta Cão lends its bright and fragrant blue fruit energy. Tinta Roriz brings a savoury depth to the palate to compliment the Tinta Amarela’s floral and bay leaf herbal lift. To tie everything together the finesse of Alvarelhão and the acidity of the Sousão tightens and drives the long palate.

The last fruit to be harvested from the vineyard. Hand picked and destemmed together in a ‘field blend’ style. Barely enough of this fruit is grown to fill a small fermenter. The first working of the must is with the feet as in a traditional lagar in Portugal to extract tannins from both skins and seeds. Gentle pressing and maturation in old oak barrels for 10 months.

Varietals: 45% Touriga Naçional, 28% Tinta Cão, 9% Tinta Roriz, 7% Tinta Amarela, 7% Alvarelhão & 4% Sousão

Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)

Vines: Fruit was sourced from 1990 New Territories planting of classic Portuguese grape varieties on a rocky terraced hillside.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present and will continue to evolve for up to 8 years under suitable cellaring conditions.

Vintage 2016: 2016 began with a dry winter and spring with an unusually warm October prompting the vines into growth. The Portugese grapes are the last fruit into the winery 2 weeks ahead of a normal season.

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