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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Ballycroft Small Berry Mataro Fortified 2008

Unique in a modern context. Have not seen, or heard, of anything of its kind currently in either a local or international markets. Please chime-in if I'm wrong. Of course, if memory serves, Mataro was a major component of fortifieds in the early history of fortified production in Australia.  

Wonderful plum-liquer depth on the nose; floral - intense violets. Latterly some darker, molasses like character coming through.

Similarly on the palate there's an intense depth, the wine unctuous and backed up with fruit sweetness: kirsch and hints of blackberry. 

The finish shows black licorice and a touch of fennel. Unique. Paired this with some dark, 70% cocoa chocolate on a wintery Sunday night. 92 - Very Good

Tasted on: Sunday 14th July, a Fruit Day
Source: Sample
Price: $55
Alcohol: ?
Closure: Screwcap

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