This wine is made only when growing conditions are ideal. It is made in a vintage port style, with a point of distinction.
Stylistically the bouquet is of sweet dark plum with hints of brandy, and the palate expresses intense plum with a trace of dark chocolate and layers of complexity derived from oak maturation. The wine style has a long and persistent after palate. It is enjoyable drinking whilst young but has the structure to develop exceptionally over the next 20+ years.
We suggest serving this wine over at least six nights if you can make it last that long!
Oak maturation adds a delicious rancio character to the wine, and changes the flavour profile over time. The longer the wine spends maturing in oak, the more integrated the brandy, and the more complex the wine becomes. Our individual flyers explain the unique bouquet and flavour profiles of these wines.
2008 Food & Wine Matching suggestions
On the first night while the brandy influence is very fragrant, try it with desserts such as sticky date pudding or frozen vanilla mousse drizzled with chocolate! On the second night try it after dinner with strong cheese such as a triple cream brie and a blue vein. On the third night, finish it off after dinner with chocolates. Yum!
2009 Food & Wine Matching suggestions
On the first night, try it with a triple cream cheese. This will bring out the delicious brandy character.
From night two, it remains great with cheese, but it is also delicious with chocolate! We doubt that you’ll get to night three!