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|Colour||Youthful crimson red.|
|Aroma||Vibrant morello cherries and fresh violet leap out of the glass on this alluringly aromatic wine.|
|Palate||Juicy berry fruits dominate, giving great freshness and supple almost Pinot-like mid palate. The finish is savoury and long with round tannins making it a lovely medium bodied wine that will partner beautifully with many cuisines.|
|Growing Conditions||Warm conditions allowed for the fruit to reach maturity two weeks earlier than average. This allowed for ideal picking conditions and pristine fruit being delivered to the winery at its optimum maturity and maximum flavour level. This parcel of Touriga is an old vine block on the Hanwood Estate surrounding our 100 year old winery, Farm 130 Block 13. Vintage 2013 is the first time in recent history it has been made into a dry table wine. In 2013 only 50% of the block was harvested for its traditional wine style, Hanwood Tawny, the other 25% went to a Vintage tawny named Jack, after Jack McWilliam. Touriga is a Portuguese variety grown for their famous Port fortified wines of the Douro Valley. The old vines off Block 13 delivered some pristine fruit in 2013 with the naturally low crop producing small berries of intense fruit flavours and mature tannins. This high quality fruit set the winemaking team up with a great base to craft a high quality wine from.|
|Vinification/Maturation||Harvested in the cool of the morning to retain the gentle aromatics. Carefully de-stemmed into an open top fermenter and cold soaked for 3 days at 10§C. During ferment the wine was plunged daily, and after a period of 8 days was pressed, then allowed to settle into old French puncheons. Old oak was selected to allow a gentle softening through the time in barrel on light lees but with nil influence of new oak aromatics or tannin to cloud the purity of the fruit. Matured in barrel for 15 months.|
|Acidity (TA)||6.22 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||6|
|Last Tasted Date||07-03-2014|
|Peak Drinking||For immediate consumption but will reward medium term cellaring|
|Recommended Food Pairing||Freshly dried spanish meat tapas|
Clearly Hanwood Estate is in for a makeover. New labels, new 1913 range, new emphasis on NSW and a leap into both newer varieties, and varieties it has traditionally blended away (or used in fortified production). This varietal touriga can't be seen as anything other a positive step. Spicy, cherried, fruity but savoury with a modest-but-important lick of tannin as you swallow. It has just enough depth and more than enough character. The price is attractive.
Touriga a very good grape for the warmer Australian regions. I’d like to see more of it. Also, this is the kind of fresh, uncluttered red that I’d like to see more of too, while I’m warming to the theme of ‘things I’d like to see more of’. It’s a pretty big topic. Black jellybeans, roasted peanuts, blackcurrant, blueberries, floral perfume, ozone. Medium bodied, juicy and jubey, fresh super clean acidity, fine light grained tannin and an even finish – all perfume and bright blue fruit. Delicious. 90 or 91 points, and I’m inclined towards the latter.
'The Hanwood 1913 label is reserved for wines grown on the McWilliams estate near Griffith, New South Wales. This has to be the best Aussie touriga I’ve tasted. It’s perfumed but in no way cheaply so, and the structure is fine and savoury. Think blackberries and blueberries...'
The Hanwood Estate 1913 Series of wines is a celebration of the year the McWilliam family became pioneers of the Riverina wine region.
The “Touriga Nacional” grape variety originates from Portugal and is widely considered one of the best varietals produced. It is the basis for many fortified “Port” wines that come from Portugal. It is also used in table wines and thrives in warm climates including the Riverina.
|Dimensions||27 x 18 x 35 cm|