A traditional style 20 year old Tawny aged in oak barrels which gives it the luscious wood characters, beautifully rich with a slow soft finish.
Fortified wines are what the Australian wine industry was built on and has to a large degree become the forgotten foundation for which we owe so much. Many of the old cult Shiraz and Grenache vineyards of today were planted originally for fortified wine production. As fashions and drinking trends change regularly it is becoming rarer to find gems like old tawny ports still in existence. The reason is that to achieve a real depth in this wine style, there is no alternative but to age the wine for a generation or two. These wines were put to barrel when my girls still wore pigtails! The real soul of this wine style is the flavour that the very slow maturation and oxidation that takes place within the oak barrels.
As the wood is slightly porous it allows infinitely small amounts of oxygen to slowly oxidize the wine to get the final luxurious texture and phenomenally intricate aromas. The loss of colour pigment effectively is what gives the wine style its name. This effectively allows for all the complexing and aging so that the wine is ready to drink when bottled and does not need to be cellared longer. Twenty years is a long time to wait but these things can't be rushed and the wait is certainly worth it. Occasionally we will select one of the barrels that house our precious stock of fortified wines, dust off the cobwebs and twenty years of history that has settled on the barrel and bottle directly from the cask. The result is to give you a peek through the window of wine history. (Lou Miranda - winemaker/owner)