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2021 Craft vs Science Touriga Nacional

Barossa ValleyRed

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This wine is part of our future proofing project. Touriga Nacional is heat and drought tolerant as well as late ripening. My father-in-law being savvy and having seen the climate change over the years, decided to have a blind tasting of alternate varieties that we thought would do well in the changing Barossa climate. This variety was a stand out and our favourite of the tasting and we have since then planted a few rows. A wonderful variety with origins in Portugal. This variety is fantastic when made into a table red. It is very complex and appealing in flavour and definitely one of my favourite red varieties.One of our most popular wines; fear not everyone - its back in stock.Vineyard:This wine was made 100% from grapes from our family's vineyard in Bethany, Barossa Valley. Touriga Nacional is a very popular variety from Portugal, though not seen a lot here in Australia. It is one of the major varieties used to make Port in Portugal. However it also makes a fabulous table wine, with very similar flavours you see in Shiraz. 100% Barossa Valley vineyards.Winemaking :This Touriga Nacional was made from grapes grown in our family's vineyard in Bethany, Barossa Valley. Hand-picked, the grapes were then crushed into 3 vessels for fermentation. I removed one head from a brand-new puncheon (oak barrel) from my favourite cooper and used this as an open fermenter, along with two stainless steel open fermenters. I used three different yeast to boost varietal aroma and add complexity. After pressing the wine off skins, it was aged in a brand-new puncheon and an old oak barrique for 8 months and was then blended resulting in 60% new oak.

Region - Barossa Valley

Type - Red

Year - 2021

Winery - Craft vs Science

Grape - Touriga

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

This wine is intense and complex with vibrant blue fruits plum, sweet spice, florals, aniseed and violets. The palate is medium bodied and smooth with lingering fine tannins.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Smooth and Seductive, Vegan Friendly

Fruit aromas & flavour

Dark Berries, Plum

Other aromas & flavour

Florals, Oak, Spices, Tannins

Body type




Food pairings





Red Meat







Spicy Foods

Cured Meats


Expert review

96 points

Australian Wine Showcase

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