Tscharke Matching Socks Touriga Nacional 2013 (Marananga, Barossa, SA)
12.5%, Screwcap, $25
Barossan Touriga is exciting. There isn’t much planted, and it’s largely used as a blending grape (St Hallett take quite a bit for their GST) but the Barossa seems a good place for it. This Tscharke only reinforces that.
Wonderful Touriga purple black colour – distinctive and inky. It smells curranty, plummy, and much riper than 12.5% alcohol. Tastes it too, with that tarry textural thickness that only comes from ripe grapes, finishing with a light, ironstone tannic grip.
Mid weight but excellent intensity, this is perhaps a little raisined (which is again odd given the alcohol) but great intensity.
So much promise here. Touriga!
Tasted: October 2014
Score: 17.5/20, 91/100
Would I buy it? I’d drink two glasses.
Buy online: Tscharke website