SonhadorSyrah Alicante Bouschet Touriga Nacional
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
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The established Howard's Folly varieties of Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Alicante Bouschet were picked and vinified separately, for added complexity in the final blend.
- International Wine Challenge 2018
Inky black cherry colour, still showing some purple at the rim – very youthful looking. Complex aroma but not yet into tertiary mode – lots of dark fruit, a touch of mint, no one variety dominating though there’s pepper, sweet fruit spice and a lightly floral note as if each variety were contributing to the whole. Really lovely depth on the palate, rich, generous and spicy dark fruit and yet with an elegance and freshness that seems to come from the site. Firm but finely textured, still seems to be in its infancy but approachable now with food. Just a hint of dark chocolate on the finish, but it is dry not sweet in its effect. Lots of pleasure and good length.
Very deep carmine/purple, still no age at all right to the rim, dense black and red berry fruits on the nose, both ripe and briar and Syrah dominates with structure and grip, Touriga Nacional adds florality and spice and Alicante Bouschet provides the flesh, all blended in well thanks to short ageing in oak, full-bodied with a refreshing finish due to natural acidity and tannins, still young and good to 2022.
The wine is bright and silky, high in acidity, moderate in depth and without a trace of jam. It doesn’t lack for intensity of flavor, but the flavors are always lifted and it revolves around its structure. It has a very cool climate feel to it. I really liked this well-priced Tinto. The future here is promising.