Touriga Francesa (also known as Touriga Franca) is the most widely grown grape in the Douro Valley, making for wine more perfumed and lighter than Touriga Nacional. Plantings in South Africa are minimal, a mere 2.54ha in the ground at the end of 2015, but Boplaas made a smart table wine from Stellenbosch old vines in the case of the maiden 2012.
Matured for 26 months in first- and second-fill oak, the nose shows red and black cherry, some floral fragrance, spice and a touch of earth. The palate meanwhile
is medium bodied yet possessing good fruit density as you’d expect from a Port variety, the acidity particularly fresh, the tannins nicely grippy. Price: R125 a bottle.
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