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Pedernales Cellars

2018 Kuhlken Vineyards Touriga Nacional
2018 Kuhlken Vineyards Touriga Nacional

The Kuhlken Vineyards Touriga Nacional is one of our most prized blocks. There are few growing this variety in the US, let alone Texas, and we truly value its utterly unique flavors and aromas. We originally planted it in 2007 as part of our Port program (it is traditional in Portugal); however, since it has come of age, it has been sneaking into some of our best wines, such as the K-O. This will be the first time we have showcased it on its own and have elected not to fine it. Touriga is not comparable to other varieties. It is one of the few red grapes that you could consistently describe as having floral and mineral aromatics. It packs quite the punch in small clusters and is naturally low yielding. In the winery, we love that it adds a great deal of structure to blends, as well complexity in aromatics. We often find ourselves working to mitigate the tannins, mostly through fermentation techniques and specific barrel aging. This wine we find balanced nicely through small bin fermentations and use of new European oak. 

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This wine is offered exclusively to our Wine Club Members.

Wine Specs

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Touriga Nacional
Appellation
Texas Hill Country
Acid
TA: 6.7
pH
3.66
Aging
18 months New European Oak
Fermentation
Bin w/ manual punch downs
Alcohol %
13.5

Wine Profile

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Touriga opens up nicely with intense notes of blueberries, black and red cherries, leather, tar, and game. The wine is medium bodied with fresh acidity and fruit and fine tannins. Drink now through 2028.
Vineyard Notes
Elevation: 1,800ft Soil Type: Sandy Loam over Limestone
Winemaker Notes
100% Touriga Nacional
Food Pairing Notes
This wine has some complexity and can stand up to a number of strongly flavored foods. Bring on the big funky cheeses and steaks!