Queen of all Portuguese grapes, Touriga Nacional is known for its floral aromas. This little wine comes from schist and granite soils of the Alentejo region, south of Portugal. Fitapreta focuses on sustainable farming and fairly low yields to increase quality.
After meticulous sorting grapes are gently crushed and moved by gravity into temperature-regulated vats where they are fermented with wild yeasts.Â
This has not seen any oak barrel and has an intense violet-ruby colour and excites with plenty of pure, dark berry fruit such as plums, blackberries, and black cherries interwoven with a fine floral element that almost reminds of Earl Grey Tea! On the palate, it has beautiful precision and finely rounded tannins.Â
'The aroma is glorious: sweet mulberry and blackberry but deeply floral too with that lovely note of bergamot and even a touch of peony that I rarely see on Touriga when it is oaked. It's even more aromatic the day after opening. The aroma is so lovely, that I hesitate to put the wine in my mouth because I want to make the aromatic pleasure last. The tannins are as impressive as the aroma, knowing that Touriga has firm tannins that are usually softened by oak. Here they give a gentle but confident structure that shapes the fruit and the perfume. A class act with a long, dark-fruited finish. Impressively fresh for a wine of 14.5%. At the very end, after you have swallowed the wine, you get a wave of fragrance again of red/blue fruits and a touch of bergamot.' 17pts, jancisrobinson.com