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2019 TOURIGA NACIONAL, Vasco and the Explorers. S Africa

Bin:  538

Alcohol percentage:  13.5%


Richard Kelley MW, who has ‘liberated’ this wine from an un-named South African estate:
“Vasco da Gama (c.1460 – 1524) was a Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea; linking Europe and Asia via the Cape of Good Hope. Da Gama’s first expedition left Lisbon in July 1497 and followed the route pioneered by earlier explorers along the west coast of Africa, before heading into the open ocean and crossing the Equator to seek the South Atlantic westerlies that Bartolomeu Dias had discovered a decade earlier. For over three months da Gama and his crew sailed for more than 10,000 kilometres before they successfully made landfall on the African coast on 4 November. It was from here that they headed east to the Orient. The spices obtained from their expedition were all new to Europe and resulted in a commercial monopoly for the Portuguese for decades to come. But a century on, both the British and the Dutch challenged and eventually broke Portugal’s naval supremacy for the route around Africa.
Da Gama never set out to colonise the Cape and neither is there evidence of him ever having populated the land with vines. But if he had, the complexion of the South African vineyards might well be influenced more by Iberian rather than French varieties.”

Old Bridge rating:

The key grape of the Douro Valley given a rare outing elsewhere – with great success. Powerful and rich, with earthy (but not too earthy) spice. Most impressive are the well-managed tannins, which can be a little too dominant in Touriga.


£10.93 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£10.35 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles