The best vintage in living memory in the Hunter Valley has produced gold for Whispering Brook’s 2014 Touriga Nacional at the 2015 Australian Boutique Wine Awards.
The wine is the result of a trip to Portugal in 2007 by Whispering Brook’s owners and winemakers, Susan Frazier and Adam Bell. Through a winemaking friend based there, Susan and Adam spent a number of weeks visiting wineries across Portugal, where they fell in love with the variety Touriga Nacional. They believed that climatically, it showed real potential in the Hunter Valley given the similarities particularly with the area around Alentejo in the south central area of Portugal.
After sourcing appropriate Touriga Nacional cuttings in Australia, Susan and Adam grafted over a block of their Shiraz to Touriga Nacional at Whispering Brook in 2009.
Whispering Brook’s first vintage of Touriga Nacional was in 2011. The 2014 Touriga Nacional is comprised of 100% estate grown Touriga Nacional. The owners believe that Touriga Nacional has a great future in the Hunter Valley. It has much of the varietal characters which they tasted and loved in the Portuguese examples of Touriga Nacional, but with a Hunter twist.
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