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.
Climatic conditions during the 2017 vintage posed some challenges but with careful vineyard management the vintage ended up being outstanding. We selected the block of Shiraz directly outside of the cellar door for this wine as the fruit continued to ripen and develop flavours well into April—this is likely to due to the health of the vines and their deep root structure. The very ripe Shiraz grapes were allowed to partly ferment before the addition of pure grape spirit also known as SVR (spiritus vini rectificatus). 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. 22 months in a mature American oak barrel has integrated the spirit and wine and added a hint of vanilla without overpowering the fruit.
A luxurious wine with flavours of stewed cherries and plums, fruitcake, vanilla and spice. The pure grape spirit adds warms and depth and soft tannins carry the finish. The perfect way to start and end a winter’s night.
chocolate fudge—try local Canberran Fudgemental’s Midnight Delight fudge, 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!