Heirloom Vineyards McLaren Vale Touriga 2019 (RRP $40 WM $31.90)

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This Heirloom Vineyards Touriga was made from our best McLaren Vale Vineyard in the Willunga basin, whose manicured vines embody the very best in cutting edge, but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch with 30% whole bunches, naturally open fermented, basket-pressed and stored in well-seasoned French oak barriques from bespoke coopers for 9 months before bottling.

The wine's colour is like the dark lining of a Transylvanian Count's cape...

Purposefully picked and bottled a little early, thus accentuating the variety's lifted, Earl Grey Tea-like floral aromatics, this red is all about perfume and powders and cherry-blossom nosegays.

Touriga's innately bullish tannins stretch on forever in this red wine, softened and calmed by fresh, plush and perfect dark fruit flavours, tensioned and etched by fine natural acid. This balance makes the wine surprisingly and charmingly versatile with a range of cuisines. Oh, and it loves a big wine glass.

An extraordinary Touriga from the McLaren Vale that will cellar extraordinarily well but is so deliciously delicious now.  Argument for delayed gratification is almost academic.