Shiraz Touriga Grenache Riverina New South Wales
Australian Tawny is renowned throughout the world of wine for its engaging richness and remarkable complexity. Assembled from the last remaining barrels of old fortified Grenache, Touriga and Shiraz, McWilliams Show Reserve represents an indulgence in slow aged rancio flavours, raisins, dark chocolate and evocatively perfumed festive cakes. Twenty five years maturation means that the angels are constantly taking their share, as the extravagantly aged barrels are topped up every year by even more stocks of the most luscious Tawny wine.
Parcels of Grenache, Touriga and Shiraz are harvested at suitably high levels of natural fruit sugar 15° to 16° Baume. Grapes are crushed and destemmed, pumped into open fermenters and vinified on skins for optimal extraction of colour and tannins. A neutral grape Brandy spirit is added to arrest ferments and retain a measure of palate sweetness. Batches are drained and pressed, settled, racked off solids and stabilised before filtering into French oak. As older wines are summoned, new wines are filled for ageing up to thirty years. Upon completion, individual barrels are assessed for inclusion, assembled with the best of the best, to create a fine Old Tawny that's second to none. Alcohol 18.5%
Deep brown amber, khaki hues. Lifted intense rancio and walnut spice, pistachio and vanilla oak characters exhibiting the excellence of a decades barrel aged Tawny. Extremely rich and full palate, viscous, raisins, dark chocolate and festive pudding, round and luscious, long fine tannins balanced by the ambrosial sweetness, resolving on a dry, savoury finish.