Off The Books Gundagai Touriga 2016

Preservative free and unadulterated, made in the Joven style for early drinking is what winemaker Nicholas Crampton says of this Touriga, one of the wines in the Off The Books range. 770 dozen made.

The rationale behind the range was that when small parcels of fruit became available such as from ten year old Touriga vines grown at the Book Book vineyard at Ladysmith, south-east of Wagga Wagga, it was a no- brainer to "bring these gems to life and to showcase the fruit quality and the story of the vineyard," he stated.  

The Touriga pours a dense black crimson into the glass.

Strong perfumed aromas of savoury dark plummy fruit, violet and lavender florals and toasty oak. Further aromas of cinnamon and a hint of white pepper add interest.

The nose segues to a buoyant dark and red-fruited palate. Plum, blackberry, boysenberry. Perfume and fruit upfront and then transitions to a mid-weight, generous core with secondary flavours of coffee, spice and earth. The florals hang around and there is a smooth leather-like texture to the back. A savoury line of bright acidity and firm tannins drive the wine to a lengthy finish. 

Nicholas Crampton is onto something good here with this well made, well priced, polished and easy drinking Touriga. This wine will have you reaching for that second glass. Recommended.   

Source: Sample courtesy of Fourth Wave Wine. ABV: 12.2%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $20.00. 
Rating: 91 Points. Supplier Website:

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