Bellbrae Estate ‘Haystacks’ Reserve Tawny 2008
From the illustrious 2008 vintage we produced a small batch of very ripe Shiraz from our own Estate vineyards. As there was ample volume already produced for table wine, it was decided to fortify some to produce a Reserve fortified wine.
Partially fermented on skins, pressed off and 96% alcohol added to take the resultant wine to 18% ABV, this wine displays everything that’s great about Reserve Tawny.
Matured in older barriques for 7 years, in 2015 we decided that the wine had evolved into a more ‘Tawny’ style, that is more rounded, less tannins and slightly sweeter, than the original Vintage port style that was laid down.
Only 75% of barrels laid down were selected and blended to bottle; thus why we have added the ‘Reserve’ label.
Christmas cake and almonds make up the savory aspects of this wine. Rich in flavor and mellow in the mouth, this wine is what makes Port styles great. Clean brandy spirit finish make it perfect at the end of a dinner party.
French & American Oak for 7.5 years