2021 Swerwer, Touriga Nacional

Cape South Coast,South Africa,

£28.99

Bottle size: 75cl,
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Description

CELLAR INFORMATION Small batch natural ferments with mostly whole bunches. Light extractions with 1 to 2 punchdowns daily. Early pressing, with a maximum of 5 days on skins post ferment. The result of this is maximum aromatics, and an elegant juicy palate.
An 11 month maturation follows in big old seasoned oak barrels. The wine is bottled without
fining and only a light filtration. VINEYARD INFORMATION The decision to work with Touriga Nacional came naturally as it is a variety that thrives in hot and
dry conditions. The vineyard was planted in 2007 on deep sandy granitic soils with a north westerly
aspect. A hot slope, but it still enjoys cool shady mornings as a result of the steep valley. The Touriga fares exceptionally well with great
balance in fruit and small bunches with small, concentrated berries bursting with flavour. The
grape has a natural high acidity and low pH which is perfect for these climatic conditions.

Additional information

Wine Type

Red

Country

South Africa

Region

Cape South Coast

Vintage

2021

Brand

Swerwer

Cultivar

Touriga Nacional

Appellation

Cape South Coast

Bottle Size

75cl

Pack Size

1x75cl

Pack Type

Loose Bottles

Alcohol Percentage

12.80

Duty Status

In Bond

Availability

Immediate

Rating Agencies

Greg Sherwood

Reviews

Greg Sherwood 94

This delicious 2021 Touriga Nacional from Jasper Wickens is made from vines planted in deep granitic soils on cooler mountain slopes in the Swartland, with grapes harvested earlier to retain a freshness and elegance easily lost in this warm region. Naturally whole bunch fermented and treated to a very gentle extraction, this cooler vintage red show s this Portuguese cultivar s true heritage with lifted aromatics of floral purple flowers, lilac, earthy bramble berries, black berries and black plum with undertones of smoked meats, bresaola, fireplace wood embers and a subtle sappy wood spice. The palate is equally impressive with plenty of overt juicy black and earthy red berry fruits that really shine under the coolness of the wines modest 13% alcohol. Elegant and complex, the wine retains a wonderfully soft texture and mid-palate balance with fine sweet silky tannins and notes of bruleed orange peel, grilled herbs and sweet savoury black berries. The finish sees an understated but concentrated length with a gracefully dense persistence, making this a really very attractive and appealing Touriga Nacional expression. Drink on release and over the next 3 to 5+ years. – Greg Sherwood MW. [01/01/2023]