d'Arenberg Daddy Long Legs Tawny Port (375ML half-bottle)
Port from McLaren Vale, Australia
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Alcohol By Volume: 20.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The wine is extremely old and exemplifies a classic Australian style. The color is of an aged wine with a soft tan appearance and tinges of green towards the edge. There is a huge array of characters in this fortified ranging from walnuts, dried raisins, caramels, toffee, molasses, caramelized cumquats and lime, melted butter and after a moment aromas of beef stock, dusty hessian, and dried herbs appear. Overall the aroma has amazing concentration. The palate has
superb intensity and is fresh with flavors of baked figs, butterscotch, toffee and dried fruits such as pear and nectarine. As it opens more and more characters appear balanced with great rolling rancio length from the time spent in barrel.
"Emerges from a solera of old tawny made between 1928 and 1984. Its medium dark amber color is accompanied by an amazingly expressive bouquet of fig liqueur intermixed with
marmalade, roasted nuts, caramel, and black tea. Unctuously thick yet possessing good underlying acidity, its sweetness is neither heavy nor cloying. This is an explosively rich, aromatic, spectacular fortified wine that is impossible to resist."
The Wine Advocate
"Golden amber. Unreal nose of toffeed, caramelized apple and pear, maple, chestnut honey, toasted brioche, fig cake, gingerbread and singed citrus peel. More a solid than a liquid on the palate, or at least a colloid, with deep, sticky flavors of pumpkin and banana bread, walnut tart, fruitcake, molasses, ginger snap and Ibarra chocolate. Amazingly, this finishes on a bright note, with nice acid lift and focus, hinting at orange and exotic Indian spices.This is a solera begun in 1928 and concluded in 1984, topped up only with itself . And good luck finding it as only 120 to 180 bottles are released by the winery each year, for the world."
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One of the undisputed kings of Australian Shiraz and Rhone varietals, d'Arenberg has managed to turn individuality into an art form by doing a whole lot of little things differently. The original vineyards were established by Joseph Osborn in 1912 in the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. A century on, the estate has grown to 345 acres, and the mantle now rests with fourth...
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McLaren Vale is home to the oldest Australian vineyard, with grapes planted in 1838. It's a coastal area, the Indian Ocean bordering the west, which leads to a cooling factor that prevents the grapes from getting too hot. In all, the climate is a perfect one for the vines.
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Port is a fortified wine that is made by adding brandy during fermentation. The addition of spirits kills the yeasts,
which in turn halts the fermentation process. This results in a wine both sweet and high in alcohol. Named for its
home city Oporto, true Port must come from the designated area. The grapes used are a blend,, but the favored grape
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