Rich and viscous, caramelised butter in colour. Molasses, toffee and dark chocolate. This wine is dark, dense and luscious. A superb balance of wood aged ‘rancio’ characters with rich flavours of Christmas cake, dried fig, espresso and almond. Offering a stunning level of depth, intensity and concentration of flavours with an average blended age of 15-20 years. It is the third tier of the four classifications: Rutherglen, Classic, Grand and Rare.
If a parcel of fruit is regarded as particularly special, it will be kept apart after fortification and may eventually “graduate” to the Grand or Rare solera system. These wines do not come about every year, and are a product of exceptional vintages, combining depth of fruit with
complexity of age. We draw off small quantities from our oldest collection of barrels and then fill these barrels with the next oldest collection. The youngest collection is only occasionally refilled, with wines that have already undergone many years of ageing and careful selection. The final blend is a combination of rich and intense parcels to create a wonderfully layered wine, often involving many generations of winemaking patience.
Rich chocolate tart, or a cheese platter with chocolate coated strawberries, fruit cake and roasted nuts.