The 2018 growing season had a reasonable start with adequate rainfall through winter and early spring. Healthy canopies are established across all sites and the dry and warm conditions of late January and February kept weeds and disease pressures to a low. February proved to be a very warm month which stalled ripening and it wasn’t until the relief of a mild March that the outlook for a great harvest looked imminent.
Wines produced were very balanced, had ripe phenolics and display vibrant mid palate weight, a spectacular vintage for good structure and elegance.
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 4th April with a baume of 13, 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 2 months later.