2015 Thorn-Clarke Vintage Fortified
Deep red with an inky black centre. Lifted dark chocolate, plum and rich spices and integrated brandy spirit on the nose. The palate is rich and opulent with generous fruit cake, blackberry, liquorice and tar. The fortifying spirit supports the fruit and adds a lovely Christmas spice note. The finish is long and balanced with ripe fruit tannins make you want to come back for another glass.
2015 Vintage was characterised by a dry period extending from July 2014 through to April 2015. This, together with warmer than usual temperatures during Spring until mid-January which advanced maturity on lower yielding vines. Mild temperatures from mid-January slowed the grape maturation, concentrating flavours and intensifying colour development.
The fermentation was on skins for 12 days and then fortified with hand selected, high quality brandy spirit. Following the wine was basket-pressed, clarified and aged in old French hogshead barrels for 24 months prior to bottling.
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