Major Varieties: Shiraz, Dolcetto, Grenache, Pedro.
Overall Blend: base blend started in 1947, Mr Pickwick Particular Port Reserves, Alameda Show Reserves and other bits and pieces over the years. Predominantly wood-aged Pot-still Brandy spirit used.
Deep burnt umber, golden edges, great clarity and brightness.
Huge upfront rancio redolent with lifted grapy brandy spirit. Golden toffee, complex old oak overlaying smoky sharp volatiles.
Initial syrupy silky rich mouth feel is turned into a fiery delight of hot chilli like pepper fire and cleansing spirit. Like an XO cognac the angels dance of pure fire stipples the tongue with heady sweet oak that persists for around the same time that it takes to put the kids through college. The concentrated raisin sweetness fills and caresses the mouth before opening lotus like to layer upon layer of spicy complexity finishing with cigar box memories.
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