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  1. Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Equilibrio Mei e Meio Red Blend 2015
    Escondido Wines is the project of Michael Wren who was a winemaker for one of Portugal's top producers, Esporao, before opening Wren Estate, based in Heathcote. Whilst running their Douro winery, Quinta dos Murcas, Wren sourced grapes from a brilliant vineyard, in the cooler Dao region to the south of the Douro. The Dao is marked by higher altitudes and heavy granite soils and for Wren this region is the true home of Portugal's best known red variety - Touriga Nacional. The Dao produces pretty, structured Touriga Nacional that is bright and blue fruited with fresh acidity with clear mineral notes.

    The Escondido Meio e Meio comes from 2015 which was a very cool vintage, so this wine was very tightly wound when first botted but has opened up beautifully and is drinking wonderfully at present. Meio e Meio translates as half/half, referring to the composition of the wine. 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Jaen (Mencia in Spain) which brings some balancing red fruit and tannin to the blend.
    2015
    mencia, Touriga
    South Africa
    489
  2. Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2015 500ml
    Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2015 500ml

    This has won a swag of gold medals at recent wine shoes. It’s incredible value for money. Evocative and ebullient in its youth it will also age beautifully.

    ‘…A heady mix of dark chocolate, violets and ripe black berries with lovely brandy spirit giving complexity.  A rich powerful core of blueberries, blackcurrants, allspice and violets with some lovely bitter chocolate tannins to counter the sweetness on the palate. The tannins are fine and chalky. This has a sensational life ahead.’ GABRIELLE POY, PWS

    NV
    Tinto, Touriga
    Australia
  3. Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    Forlorn Hope Mil Amores 2012
    The DeWitt Vineyard is sustainably farmed, made up of granite and quartz soils. A blend of Portuguese grape varieties, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Roriz, Trincadeira are planted in a single block. The block was picked and co-fermented at the same time. Aged only in neutral oak for 12 months then bottled. The blend is loaded with black, blue fruit, earthy and spicy undertones, unmatched suppleness with lots of intrigue. PWS
    2012
    Tinto, Touriga
    USA
    362
  4. Niepoort Vertente Douro 2017
    Niepoort Vertente Douro 2017
    The 2017 Vertente is a field blend of grapes like Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca aged for 20 months in 80% used French barriques. It comes in at 13% alcohol. This was set for bottling in about a week, but it was the final blend and out of cask. I hesitate to rate this too high, but if the Twisted red this issue seemed like the best Twisted, this might be the best Vertente. It is certainly on the shortlist. Elegant, refined, solid in the mid-palate and still filled with flavor, this is fresh and yet still very serious. It has fine structure and grip on the finish. This refined and impeccably balanced tinto is super and easily the best value point in the lineup. It can be drunk now, but it will be better this time next year, and it will hold gracefully for a reasonable time. MARK SQUIRES, eRobertParker.com
    2017
    tempranillo, Touriga
    Portugal
    450
  5. Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2004 500ml
    Pfeiffer Christophers VP 2004 500ml
    'Whoa - Christmas in a glass. Arresting nose of  raspberry, plum, chocolate and graphite. Some complexing tertiary notes of leather and spice temper the pure, clean and sleek fruits.  A very composed and detailed rendition of a VP - nothing stewy or overly ripe.  It's a lovely, balanced and warming Aussie VP with 16 years under its belt, and still plenty of life ahead. JEFF SALT, PWS
    2004
    Tinto, Touriga
    Australia
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