I've always enjoyed Barossa winery St Hallett's relatively inexpensive Gamekeepers Reserve, which is a juicy, ripe, fruit-dominated red with a hint of meatiness and lovely purity. One of the secrets to this wine's success is that it has included a generous dollop of Portuguese grape variety Touriga Nacional. Now from the 2005 vintage St Hallett have released a varietal Touriga Nacional under the 'unearthed' label. I'm drinking it now and it is fantastic, in a modern, pure fruit sort of style. I like this wine, and it's good to see one of the wonderful Portuguese varieties perform well elsewhere.
St Hallett Unearthed Touriga Nacional 2005 Barossa
Wonderful nose: sweet, forward, intoxicating raspberry and blackberry fruit with a lovely spicy lift. Very pure and pretty. The palate has deep, smooth, slightly jammy fruit with wonderful richness and purity. There's a spicy backdrop, and very little oak evident - it's all about the pure, sweet, almost self-indulgent fruit. Quite delicious. A wine with some distinctive Barossa personality (ripe and sweetly fruited) plus some varietal character (floral and spicy). In flavour profile, it's quite like a souped up Gamekeepers Reserve. Still pretty primary, I wonder how this will develop (it's sealed with a tin-lined screwcap). Very good/excellent 92/100 (£14.99 Waitrose, but will be on offer at £9.99 from 4-24 September)