Vintage Fortified Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Woodstock has a proud tradition of after-dinner wines dating back to the 1950’s when Doug Collett started his winemaking career. His son Scott Collett keeps the fine old “Ports” maturing in Doug’s original barrels and also occasionally makes single vintage fortified styles, such as this.
Low yielding, very ripe and partially shrivelled sweet Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were harvested late in the 2016 vintage. After crushing and being fermented on their skins, pure grape spirit was added to “fortify” the alco-hol concentration to 18.5%. The fortified wine was then stored in very old oak barrels before bottling.
Rich ripe black cherries, fruit pastilles with underlying spices of nutmeg, cinnamon and hints of mocha. These fruit and savoury characters follow on the palate with additional complexity and concentration of flavour. The astringency of fruit tannin and acid balances the sweetness leaving a warm-ing long aftertaste and an empty glass looking for a refill. Cellaring will help soften the tannins and integrate the rich fruit characters to develop and evolve into a smooth digestive style, to be enjoyed in the decades to come.
A great companion to the end of any meal, shared with chatty friends, cheese, dark chocolate and a crackling fire!
Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: South Australia, Australia
Bottle Size: 375ml