Get to know: Ironcloud Estate, Rock of Solitude Touriga
The Touriga Nacional is one of 10 hand-tended varieties grown across one vinyard on their 28 hecatre estate. Vibrant deep purple in the glass, this has an aroma of lifted black fruits, dense berry compote and a hint of floral notes. On the palate you get luscious ripe black berry fruits and sweet spice from 16 months in French oak that are guided to a lingering finish by an elegant structure and a subtle raspberry acidity.
It's the kind of comforting wine that works well with homely dishes like beef stroganoff and seasonal vegetables.
Ironcloud Estate (formerly Pepperilly Estate) is situated in the picturesque Ferguson Valley, in the hills of the Geographe Wine Region, overlooking Geographe Bay. Peppermint Trees line the Henty Brook, the natural water source for their vineyard and the abundant 'pepper' berries provide a welcome distraction for the local birdlife - who would overwise try to eat from the fruit on the vines.