This very Spanish sounding red is actually from the Adelaide Hills and it’s a captivating mix of Touriga, Tinta cao and Tinta amarela. These obscure grape varieties are more commonly found in port but there are small amounts grown in the Barossa Valley. It’s made in an accessible style suitable for drinking when young and is a structured wine that’s destined to be served with Tapas. Lots of interesting aromas of red fruits, anise, spice and florals, before a supple tannin finnish.
The Portuguese varieties Touriga, Tinta amarela and Tinta cao are synonymous with the powerful
and long-lived vintage port wines of the Douro valley. In recent years, these varieties have also
demonstrated an ability to produce exceptional quality and highly distinctive dry table wines.
'Duende', loosely translated from Spanish means 'soul'. The 2010 Duende is a blend of Touriga
(50%), Tinta cao (31%) and Tinta amarela (19%) from a 40 year old vineyard in Stockwell on the
North - Eastern side of the Barossa Valley.
Garnet red with purple hues. With only 8 months maturation, the 2010 Duende is a “joven” style
wine displaying vibrant, fleshy red – berried fruits including pomegranate, sour cherries and
raspberries. Anise, licorice, Turkish delight and some delicate hints of dusty, spicy oak completing
the mix. The palate is beautifully balanced showing all of the aromatics seen on the bouquet along
with dark chocolate, cocoa and spice. Supple, super-fine savoury tannins flesh out the palate
providing structure and framework for the powerful fruit. May be enjoyed now as an
accompaniment to food or will reward further short-medium term cellaring.