2015 Growing Season experienced so many sequential days of perfect grape growing weather and has been one of the earliest harvests on record. Plentiful winter rains in 2014 were vital for the 2015 harvest. Large canopies, moderate yields and ideal ripening conditions encouraged an earlier than usual harvest free of disease.
The early harvested wines from 2015 sustained great natural acidity, ripe tannins with bright fruit flavours and spice. Another season remarkable for delivering naturally balanced wines without testing alcohols nor over ripe flavours. A very good vintage with many wines likely to demonstrate great cellaring potential.
The Touriga vineyard is located on our Gnadenfrei Estate. Planted in 1985, this is the Nacional selection [as opposed to Francesa]. The vineyard aspect is east facing and assists with shelter from the afternoon heat and direct sunlight. The soils are weathered brown clay with shallow pink quartzite forming many of the conglomerates scattered along the vineyardfloor.
The winemaking and élevage [maturation] was encouraged to express a medium to light bodied fragrant red wine. The fruit was harvested with a low baume of 12.2, the fruit was destemmed and crushed into an open top fermenter. The ferment was allowed to reach much higher than normal temperatures maintaining a minimum of 28oC through most of the fermentation. The ferment cap was managed by daily pump-overs combined with plunging. Once dry the wine was immediately pressed to tank and racked off gross lees to seasoned French Hogsheads and Pungeons.