Shiraz Mataro Grenache Riverina New South Wales
McWilliam's can trump the market when it comes to offering quality Ports which are complex and mature, a deeply satisfying experience in Fine Old Tawny. Crafted from parcels of Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz, blended to an average age of five years. Harvest is generally later in the season, off choice vineyards in sunny Riverina, the added term on vine serving to fully ripen grapes and encourage luscious fruit sweetness. A lighter, fresher style of Tawny than McWilliam's Hanwood Ten Year Old, offering exquisite richness and complexity without overt oak.
Crafted by the most dedicated and accomplished fortified wine specialists. Fruit is harvested at above 14 baume, crushed into open fermenters, partially fermented on skins for between seven and ten days to extract maximum colour and flavour. Ferments are arrested at the desired sweetness by the gradual addition of a high quality neutral spirit, which is also distilled at McWilliam wineworks. This gradual fortification of around two per cent alcohol helps control the vinification, achieving a seamless fortification. Following the wine's clarification and filtration, batches are matured in small, old oak barrels for an average of five years. The final blend is then cold stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.
Brick red colour with amber hues. Rich rancio nose, walnuts and sweet tobacco, a concentration of fruit fragrances, cocoa and treacle notes. A lively fruit acidity wraps itself around the fine fruit richness, the palate is sweet to start, evolving into a beautifully drying, clean and persistent spirit finish. A superb mellowness throughout, derived from ageing in a selection of well seasoned, fine oak barrels.