A single vineyard Yarra Valley Cabernet Franc, made as a full carbonic maceration 100% whole bunch ferment with indigenous yeasts and no additions other than a small amount of sulphur dioxide at picking and bottling. The wine is left in barrel for 4 months only before being bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Memorably described at a tasting as `1/2 Tawny Port, 1/2 Vin Santo, and 1/2 Amontillado Sherry, and yes I know that makes 3`, this is exquisite.
Made from the Narince grape (incidentally the most widely plant vine in Turkey, but mainly for it`s edible vine leaves) the wine is fortified and then spends 12 years maturing barrel before bottling. An initial whiff of rancio notes leads into a palate bursting with sweet baked apple and before the sugar becomes overpowering a long dry finish emerges. Trust me,even a banquet, not a drop of this will be left undrunk...
Ultra-stylish, multi award winnning Syrah. Deeply coloured with ripe, brambly tones and a mouth-filling intensity on the finish. Perhaps the most `international` of all the wines tasted, it is a real crowd pleaser is a perfect wine with which to surprise your dinner guests. - Chris Connolly