Following a wetter than average winter and spring with below average summer temperatures, Barossa’s 2017 harvest was three to four weeks later than in recent years. As the season progressed, later ripening varieties like Mataro and Grenache were tracking four to five weeks later. the mild conditions and healthy soil moisture levels were pertinent for flavour development and conducive to ‘filling’out the berries resulting in higher than average yields.
2017 vintage promises to deliver an array of wine styles from ‘bright aromatic wines’ to ‘vibrant, intense, well structured’and ‘dense, concentrated wines’ from the earlier-picked vineyards.
The Touriga vineyard is located on our Greenock Creek Estate. Planted in 2008, this is the Nacional selection [as opposed to Francesa]. The vineyard has a gentle sloping weterly aspect. The moderately rich loamy alluvial soils of the vineyard facilitate the late ripening variety.
The wine-making was encouraged to express a medium to light bodied fragrant red wine. The fruit was harvested 23rd March with a low baume of 11.2, 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 and retained in tank until bottling a mere 5 months later.