2012 Frazer Wood Fortified Shiraz (12 x 375ml), Margaret River by Frazer Woods Estate, 17.3% Alc/Vol, Tasting Notes: The deep vibrant red colour is matched by lifted fruit aromas of blackberry and plum, enhanced by notes of sweet vanilla and spice. The palate is smooth and luscious, expressing stunning dark berry, cassis and plum flavours, complemented by hints of vanilla, cinnamon and clove, with just a wisp of toasty oak. Vibrant fruit flavours persist for ever on the opulent palate, giving a lingering, smooth, round and satisfying finish, lifted with a touch of soft cleansing acid. WINEMAKING NOTES The Frazer Woods Shiraz is created exclusively from fruit of a small block of vines on the family estate in the esteemed Willyabrup Sub-region of Margaret River. Made in the traditional “vintage” style, by adding alcohol to the actively fermenting ripe Shiraz must. The active ferment is thereby halted, yielding a rich and full fruity wine with residual, unfermented grape sugar giving the characteristic sweetness of the style. Subsequent aging for three years in small oak barrels adds texture and further mellow flavour complexity.