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ToURIGA NACIONAL

The flagship grape variety of Portugal

Touriga Nacional

A noble black grape variety, it is considered to produce the finest red wines of Portugal. Touriga Nacional is a low yielding, thick-skinned grape rich in colour and tannins. It gives full-bodied, structured and complex wines with intense blackcurrant, raspberry, liqourice aromas combined with herbal and floral notes. Is the key ingredient for both dry red and fortified wines (Port). Touriga Nacional can be found as a mono-varietal, but also as a blend with other indigenous Portuguese grape varieties. Outside of Portugal, it can also be found in Australia. In the future it might be even found in Bordeaux as, to combat the effects of climate change, it has recently been approved as one of the new grape varieties to grow in the region.

WHERE IS IT FOUND?

Vins du monde carignan

WORLDWIDE

 Portugal, Australia

MAIN APPELLATIONS 
By type of wine: Red and fortified wines

Vins rouges mourvèdre

Douro, Dão

Vin doux naturel VDN grenache, vin sucré

Douro (Port wine)

SHALL WE TASTE?
In the glass

Que boire avec grenache vin rouge ?

Dark and intense ruby colour. On the nose intense aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry and liqourice combined with herbal and floral notes. On the palate it is full-bodied, structured and complex. In the youth the tannins are very present and coarse, but will smoothen when the wine is aged. The best wines can age more than a decade.

vins doux naturel, VDN vins sucrés : rivesaltes, banyuls, maury

Essential in the production of Port wine. The colour varies from ruby to tawny or even golden depending on the style and age of the wine. The aroma characteristics also vary from sweet black fruits, dark chocolate notes to those of walnuts, coffee and caramel.

FOOD AND WINE PAIRINGS
  Touriga Nacional with food

Vin rouge et rose carignan
Pairs well with red meat (stews, steaks, roasts). Also with combinations of meat and fruit (lamb with apricots, duck with prunes).
Que boire avec vin doux naturel à base de grenache ?
As a digestif or with chocolate, coffee, mocha, and nut based desserts, as well as blue cheeses.

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