Quinta dos Carvalhais Touriga Nacional, 2017
Style/ Colour Red
Grape Varieties 100% Touriga Nacional
Winemaking Touriga Nacional from three different plots on the Quinta dos Carvalhais estate was hand harvested plot by plot into 20-kilogram crates. Upon arrival at the winery it was destemmed and gently crushed into small stainless-steel tanks with automatic pumping over and temperature control. Fermentation took about eight days at an average temperature of around 27°C. The Touriga Nacional from one particular plot underwent a post-fermentation maceration for a further 20 days. The wine was then aged for 12 months in a combination of used and new 225-litre French oak barrels sourced from eight different coopers, before the final blend was assembled and the wine was fined, filtered and bottled.
Tasting notes This wine is ruby-red in colour with intense aromas of ripe black fruit, with floral and herbal notes and a subtle spiciness from the time in barrel. Elegant and balanced, with smooth tannins providing structure. A refreshing acidity carries the complex flavours through to the long finish.
Food pairing This wine pairs wonderfully with octopus, oven-roasted pork and mushroom risotto.
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature between 16ºC-18ºC, decanting the wine after 4-5 years of age.
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