BLEND: 50% Touriga Nacional, 50% Syrah
ANALYSIS: Alc. 13% Vol | RS 1.4g/l | pH 3.64 | TA 5.8 g/l
TASTING NOTE by Greg Sherwood MW
A Malgas red blend from 16-year-old bush vines grown on a unique river pebble on shale soil terroir. The 2021 saw a spontaneous fermentation using 10% whole clusters before being basket pressed into old 500 litre barrels where it was aged for 10 months.
On the nose the aromatics are delightfully dark and brooding, slowly revealing notes of black cherry, blueberry and blackcurrant intertwined with hints of nori seaweed, salty liquorice, cured meats and graphite minerality. As with many of the 2021 reds, there is at once fabulous fruit depth, intensity and freshness together with a seamlessly harmonious textural palate with the most creamy of tannins enlivened by a tangy, juicy acidity that simply melts away slowly into the dark fruit opulence. Drink this on release and over the next 8 to 10+ years.
Wine Safari: 94/100 – Greg Sherwood MW