A very dark brown colour, almost opaque at the centre. A maderised nose, very strong VA with a distinct appley core. A smooth impact with a lively sparkle from the VA. A lovely appley complexity and a stewed fruit mid-palate. The aftertaste brings a wallop of black molasses and creme brulee.
I did not rate this wine as it was so different from anything that I am used to tasting. As we discussed what we had tasted in this wine, we came to the conclusion that what we might be tasting was an extreme example of Douro bake. This was a very, very interesting wine. As a blending wine into an aged tawny, this would bring some considerable depth and complexity even if used in very small quantities.
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