The nose on the 2016 vintage is very fruit forward, which is unusual for this old world Portuguese grape. The aromas gravitate towards tart red fruits such as pomegranate, rhubarb and cherries. The palate is quite light as more of the acidity shows at its young age. Blending in the Cabernet Franc gives it a touch of green or herbal quality that brightens the wine. This vintage will keep changing over the next five years, possibly into something more spicy.
The Touriga vines at Keswick Vineyards are grown in the front portion of the vineyard, in front of Edgewood Estate. The soil is of the Braddock Series and is very much in the realm of Virginia Red Clay. The Cabernet Franc is planted in Nasom Loam soil that is much rockier with heartier vines. The fruit for this wine was machine harvested. The finished wine was aged for 8 months in Neutral French Oak.