50cl * 18% ABV * Riverina, Australia
Nut brown colour with intense aromas of raisin, fig and spice and underlying floral notes. This is then followed by a rich and luscious palate exploding with rich Muscat flavours of raisins, figs, dates, toffee and caramel. Sweetness balanced with some vanilla-oak notes make for a lovely lingering finish.
Winemaker Julie Mortlock leaves the fruit on the vines to become very ripe before harvesting. Once harvested the fruit is crushed, partially fermented then fortified on skins to further extract the floral and aromatic flavours. The wine is pressed off skins and then transferred to barrels for maturation for, you guessed it, eight years. Due to the barrel aging, the wine is ready to drink as soon as you open the bottle, but it'll keep unopened for a few more years yet.
A fantastic match for dark chocolate desserts and deeply dark and fruited puddings - ie good old Christmas pud. This is definitely one to keep in stock for that festive time of year.