FORTIFIED SHIRAZ 2016
This is a limited release wine crafted out of fruit from 28 year old vines thriving in ancient granite based volcanic soils at The Vintner’s Daughter vineyard located in Murrumbateman.
Made in the traditional Australian fortified style which was previously known as Vintage Port. Vintage fortified wines are made from a single vintage or year and are aged primarily in bottle instead of cask to retain their colour and fruit flavours.
The warmest Autumn on record for our region provided the perfect conditions to allow us to make a fortified wine. Our old established vines were resilient to the hot and dry weather and, thanks to their deep root systems, possessed the energy needed to ripen a small batch of Shiraz fruit to perfection. The very ripe Shiraz grapes were allowed to partly ferment before the addition of pure grape spirit. Using this neutral pure spirit instead of brandy spirit, as some fortified wines do, allows the luscious jammy cherry and plum fruit flavours to take centre stage. 20 months in a mature American oak barrel adds a hint of vanilla without overpowering the fruit. An additional 7 months of bottle age has allowed the spirit and fruit flavours to blend together into a perfect marriage.
A luxurious intense and juicy wine with sweet stewed cherries and plums and hints of spice—cinnamon and pepper. Some warmth from the pure grape spirit gives way to a deliciously sweet raisin finish. The perfect way to start and end a winter’s night.
chocolate fudge—try local Canberran Fudgemental’s Turkish Delight Quattro Pistachio, also chocolate pudding, black forest cake or other rich chocolate desserts.
decades. Vintage fortified wines are designed to gain complexity as they are aged in the bottle. But as good as it is drinking now—why wait forty years!