A lusciously-indulgent fortified wine that is forward and generous, with beautiful aromas of toffee, fruitcake, creamy coffee, vanilla and grilled nuts. Expressive, exotic and long, with a deliciously sweet, spirity finish. Amazing stuff!
Superb after-dinner treat or partner for richer desserts. Lightly chill.
This is a ‘rancio’ style wine, where the maturing wine has been exposed to heat and oxygen (as in Spain's DO Montilla-Moriles and France's ACs Maury and Banyuls). The Wise One was matured in small, old casks placed just under the winery’s hot tin roof for ten years. Wines of this style are sometimes called ‘maderized’, after Madeira, which develops in a similar way.
Tawnies are aged for variable periods, sometimes decades, in wood. As a Tawny oxidizes in cask, the colour slowly changes from purple to a lighter amber-brown. Tawny - or wood Ports - last a long time once opened as they have already been stabilised by oxidation experienced during their long spell of barrel rest. They don’t need to be decanted as, again, their solids have already precipitated out during ageing.
90 points, James Halliday's Wine Companion: "Fruitcake aromas with attractive nutty complexity; a soft touch of rancio and rather laid-back acidity makes the wine a warm and friendly style for a cold winter's evening."