This "Old Quarry Tawny" is made from the traditional Barossa tawny port varieties – Grenache and Shiraz., harvested late in the season to achieve maximum ripeness and complexity. After fortification with premium quality brandy spirit it is aged in old oak casks for an average of ten years. The bouquet displays intense raisin and nutty rancio characters which carry on to the mellow, dried fruit palate. The lingering finish is rich and full of flavour, with pleasant, well integrated tannins and brandy spirit.
The Old Quarry Tawny is blended from a range of vintages to make a consistent Barossa style which has concentration as well as freshness and balance.
The grapes are crushed and left together with the skins for 3 or 4 days before pressing. Fermentation is initiated until the right baume is reached. The wine is then fortified with brandy spirit and transferred to older French and American oak barrels to mature. A limited quantity of 10 year old Tawny is drawn from the solera for bottling each year and the barrels are topped with a younger vintage wine.
The grapes are sourced from our Homestead Vineyards in Bethany and are some of the oldest vines on the estate. The Barossa was well known in earlier years for its fortified wines and the older plantings reflect their popularity in that era. The vines are trained on a single wire, hand pruned in the winter and the grapes are handpicked late in the season as the vine’s leaves are turning their autumn colours. Due to their age, the vines are very low yielding resulting in the intense rich flavours tasted in the berries.