2019 Family Reserve FiaFortified Wine
This tawny port-style wine is a co-fermentation of Syrah and Merlot. Grapes are handpicked from selected low-yielding patches at 32 Brix and whole bunch fermented with native yeasts in 1-ton batches. The fermenting grapes are then fortified on the skins before pressing and aged in barrels for 30 months.
The alcohol is made from distilled Maverick Estate grapes prepared by Maple Leaf Spirits in Penticton, British Columbia. This brandy spirit is aged for 12 months in oak before it is used for fortification. This wine is bottled unfiltered and by hand. A seductive nose of dried figs, date pudding, cocoa and cherries, brings in dark chocolate and cherry compote on the palate.