Boplaas Touriga Nacional 2013

A perfect partner to hearty country cuisine – venison pie, slow roast lamb or warming casseroles; traditional Portuguese fare; fine mature cheese and charcuterie or simply enjoyed around the fireside with friends and family. In warmer climes this wine can be enjoyed lightly chilled and in good company enjoying another glorious African sunset around the fire. Serve between 16 - 18˚C.

variety : Touriga Nacional [ 100% Touriga Nacional ]
winemaker : Margaux / Carel Nel CWM
wine of origin : Calitzdorp
analysis : alc : 12.5 % vol  rs : 4.1 g/l  pH : 3.5  ta : 5.7 g/l  
type : Red  body : Medium   wooded
pack : 0  size : 0  closure : 0  

AWARDS
2014 CAPPA Challenge Top 10

ageing : Drink now to 2020.

Rightfully regarded as the “King of Portuguese vines”; the hardy Touriga Nacional with its small dark berried bunches, penchant for low-yields and fulsome tannins, enabling thoughtful winemakers the ability to craft powerfully elegant wines possessing incredible longevity. Touriga Nacional is the foundation of the finest fortifieds and some of the world’s most exciting wines coming out of Portugal. At Boplaas Touriga is lovingly used for crafting the finest Cape Vintage and Reserve “Ports”, as well as fine table wines.

First planted at Boplaas in the late 1980’s, Touriga Nacional made its way to African shores in the early 1970’s and this premier varietal accounts for approximately 103 hectares – a mere 0.1% of the total South African vineyard area.

about the harvest: Harvested by hand in the cool of the morning.

in the cellar : 

Fermented in temperature controlled open top cement ferementers - called kuipe in Afrikaans or lagars in Portugal - which manual punch downs to gently coax optimum flavour and colour extraction from the grape skins, while maintaining the bold aromatics. The wine is barrel matured in 3rd and 4th fill French oak barrels for 10 months prior to bottling with a light filtration.

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