Touriga Nacional is the most revered grape of Oporto, Portugal, where it's used to make vintage port. Its amazing depth of flavour and colour, and its forceful natural tannins make it perfect for full-flavoured rosé, as its boisterous character can be trapped without too much forced extraction. In other words, you get great flavour without even trying.
Old Mill Estate Rosé Tasting Notes
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Old Mill Estate Rosé Reviews
"Ferrari scarlet, this baby's a racer in every other sense of the word, right through to its cheeky smokin' tail. Chockers with maraschino cherries, raspberries and cranberries; fleshy with a sharp lemony top note, and an acrid terroir edge that's somewhere between hot clutch and struck flint. Made from the grand vintage port grape, touriga nacional, it has texture and mouth-filling viscosity like no other pink. Take it for a squirt to your nearest fishmonger or fowl rotisserie."
Philip White - 22/12/2007 93++ Points The Independent Weekly
"This is made from Touriga Nacional which is interesting. I probably dish out some highish scores to rosé, some might think, but I base the points on a number of factors including refreshment value, interest, balance, finish and whether you might want to knock over a bottle and quite possibly how quickly you might want to do it. This, therefore, makes the cut as an Excellent wine on the old Winorama rating scale.Watermelon pink in colour with pretty lightly floral redcurrant and red berry aromas. On the palate fresh and feathery with bright red fruits and a little spice. A clean burst of flavour coupled with fine acidity and even a bit of textural grip add interest to this most refreshing wine. It strikes that fine balance between juicy fruit and dryness that makes this beauty an irresistible drinking proposition."
Gary Walsh - Winorama 91 Points
"This surprised me no end. Not sure why, but when I read that this was Touriga I expected a mouthpuckering dry tough drink. On the contrary - this is light and easy - elegant and subtly. Strawberry and raspberry fruit, lovely light lines of acidity and quite a long subtle finish. I could have drunk much much more...instantly up in the upper echelons of pink wine in Australia."
Corker of the Week - Wine Without Wank - 11th February, 2008
"A native of 'soon to be trendy' wine nation, Portugal, Touriga is most famously associated with Vintage Port. A far cry from this sweet fortified elixir, Peter and Vicki Widdop's Langhorne Creek fruit has assumed the guise of a savoury, berry-scented Rosé, all brambly and perfumed with some red currants in the mix. The palate is nicely weighted with plenty of flavour and chewy savoury fruit tannin, adding grip through the finish that doesn't rely on sugar to get over the line. It's all about balance and charm."
Nick Stock - Autumn 2007, Sumptuous
"A vivacious and cheeky light red from a small Langhorne Creek producer. It's chockers with fresh raspberries and maraschino cherries with dry savoury palate making it a superb summer food wine."
Kylie Fleming, Uncorked - Messenger Press - 17January, 2007
"Here's a pink wine that should appeal to both sexes at the barbecue. With the fresh, raspberry fruitiness a rosé must have, there's also a steely backbone to it that could see it cope with a charred chop. It is another rare Australian rosé that doesn't try to charm with sugar sweetness."
Greg Duncan Powell - Sydney Morning Herald, 6-7 January, 2007
"Grown by Peter and Vicki Widdop and made by Simon Parker, this is the oldest of the three vintages of this wine entered, and probably the best for its extra age, although all won 93 points. The 06 was marello and maraschino cherry audacity ; the 07 more juvenile fruitgums and maraschino, with a dusting of that wild phosphate allure. But here, at three years of age, we have lovely charcuterie meats and leather, with the sublime viscosity of this rare Portuguese port variety giving staunch, full support."
Philip White - 93 Points The Independent Weekly, August 11-17, 2007
"Touriga's spiritual home is Portugal, traditionally deployed in their highly regarded fortifiedwines, although a recent sweeping trend is seeing a good deal diverted towards dry red tablewine. This fruit comes from Peter and Vicki Widdop's vineyard on the Langhorne Creek floodplain, transformed into a striking pink wine that's loaded with flavour. Aromas are brambly, some dark berries and red currant fruits backed with gentle fragrance. The palate is nicely weighted with good honest fruit flavour, juicy and fresh. It finishes with a little chew and sturdy balance. Alcohol is just a snip over 12 per cent."
Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review - 2 February, 2007
"Rosé is risky. Far too much sweet and sour bland muck. ………. but my favourite is one I must confess to having steered, stylewise, as a sort of joint effort with Old Mill Estate. It's made from touriga nacional, the vintage port grape from Portugal, and it's got more cherries than cherryville. You can try it at The Grange or The Exeter."
Philip White, The Independent Weekly - 23 December, 2006