'Lusco Fusco' Touriga Graciano 2018

'Lusco Fusco' Touriga Graciano 2018


Lusco Fusco is Portuguese for our ‘Shadow’ or ‘Silhouette’ during twilight.

The Interloper of our McLaren Vale red wines. Let’s call it our Portuguese Joven blend!

If you’ve ever walked the cobblestone streets of Porto or Lisbon at twilight you will have witnessed the vibrancy and free spirit of the people as they laugh and celebrate another day lived well! As the light transitions from the speckles of sun to the gentle lustre of dimmed globes in small bars and restaurants, the people join with friends and family to share the discoveries of the day, often with a glass of wine in hand!

As it happens a mate of ours who shall be known as Joch has an awesome organic vineyard in the Willunga Cru of The Vale where he grows the indigenous Portuguese grape varieties Touriga Nacional and Tinta Miuda (Graciano).

We pick as soon as flavour & balance hit the harmony spot, so the Touriga came in 18 days earlier than the Graciano and enjoyed a long soak before ferment and again afterwards before we blended the grapes into a single vessel for the final stage of fermentation together.

To achieve the freshness we desire in Lusco Fusco, we press the grapes and extract the juice during fermentation as not to draw any more tannin from the skins.

As the sun lowers we hope it was a day lived well for you and a glass of Lusco Fusco is within reach to share with friends, family or even a reflection within…. Enjoy!

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Nose: Rhubarb, spice, blueberry, nettle and tomato bush

Palate: Clean, precise, fruit driven, elegant, medium bodied.

Vineyard/s: Edgehill Vineyard - Willunga - March 5th

Edgehill Vineyard - Willunga - March 23rd

Blend: Touriga Nacional 70% - Graciano 30%

Cases: 189 dozen

ABV: 12.7%

Food: Hard cheese, Charcuterie, Francesinha

Label: Penrose Stair (1958) – The continuous staircase that never gets higher

Natural ferment – Unfined – Unfiltered – Vegan Friendly