Julia Kemper, Touriga Nacional Reserva, Dão, Portugal, 2012
Though Julia grew up surrounded by some of the most stunning vineyards in the Dão, she rejected the prospect of a bucolic grape growing future and decided to study law.
Inevitably, given Julia's dogged determination, she became a successful lawyer but she re-assessed her future after an accident gave her a knock to the head. She now saw her future rejuvenating the vineyards of her youth. With a little help from her friend, Dirk Niepoort, she has spent the last decade carefully replanting the vineyards, returning them to their previous splendour. Accolades from the world's top journalists have poured in since the first vintage in 2008 and they are now consistently recognised as one of the top Portuguese wineries.
Vines are aged between 7-8 years old, though young the wines yield impressive confidence. Planted at 450m above sea level, the average rainfall is 1100mm per year. Organic viticulture is practices with painstaking meticulousness. Grapes are hand picked into small boxes during harvest and taken to the winery for sorting.
Skin contact (10-12 days), temperature controlled fermentation in traditional granite tanks.
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 60
A deep red wine with garnet nuances. Delicate aroma, with fine aromatic expressions of violet, blackberry and ripe cherry, combined with light notes of fine vanilla, cocoa and balsamic nuances. Velvety and soft with the presence of educated tannins. Shows finesse, an exquisite bouquet and elegant persistence.
Simply divine with steak!
Jancis Robinson 17 Points
Deep garnet. Dark-fruited, much of the variety's aromas bound up in the structure and unexpected youthfulness of the wine. Still with the inviting dry/dusty character that I associate with the granite soils of the Dão. Dry-textured tannins, pure, and a little less exuberant than the Elpenor Reserve 2014. Long and serious. Needs even more time. 17 Points, JH, April 2020
Touriga Nacional 100%
6 x 75cl