Brown Brothers Australian Tawny shows delicious aromas of spicy fruit cake and raisins.
On the palate, this fortified is luscious and intense with caramel and aged rancio flavours – a direct result of blending mature and younger wines.
Serve with coffee after dinner or with a flourless chocolate cake with double cream.
For many years, The Christian Brothers Cream Sherry has been a popular alternative to aperitifs and after dinner wines. With its full bodied caramelized character, Cream Sherry makes a wonderful complement to chocolate and sweet desserts, or it can be enjoyed as a smooth and mellow sipping wine throughout the evening.
Christian Brothers Tawny Port 750ml With its smooth and velvety taste, The Christian Brothers Tawny Port is an ideal complement to soft cheeses as well as rich desserts. Its intricate flavor suggests raspberries, chocolate and spicy baked apples. Several slightly warmed, its engaging cedar aroma and full body provide the perfect alternative to cognac. Or, served chilled, this wine complements the richest desserts.
Cockburn's Fine Ruby is a blend of young wines from various years, aged for three years in wood casks and bottled after filtration. With rich, full-bodied flavours of raspberry, plum and spice, it retains the red colour and fruit flavour of youth, and is ready to drink when bottled, offering a rich, fruity, sweet taste. Fine Ruby pairs well with blue veined cheeses, rich chocolate desserts - especially with raspberry sauce - or simply squares of dark chocolate and toasted walnuts.
Fine Tawny is aged for about the same amount of time as Cockburn's Fine Ruby (about three years), but in smaller barrels to hasten aging to a reddish amber (tawny) color and to develop a smoother, nutty flavor. Many of these wines are also left "upriver" in the Douro Valley to age in the hotter climate (the "Douro Bake"), thus speeding the aging process and lightening the color. Tawny port is bottled filtered and ready to drink. Tawny is a smoother, more mellow drink than Ruby.
Our Special Reserve still has the lusciously ripe, vibrant fruit of youth and lovely tannins, which give it the slightly peppery spice on the tongue. But it also has the elegance of age: the softness and smoothness that can only be achieved by slow ageing in old oak barrels. That’s what puts the Special in Special Reserve.
It pairs particularly well with cheese and other desserts. And it will stay good for up to six weeks once you’ve opened it.
Region Multi-regional Appearance Deep toffee with golden hues Bouquet Complex mocha and aged rancio notes on the nose Tasting Note: Deep toffee with golden hues. Complex mocha and aged rancio notes on the nose. Luscious with complex nut and aged rancio flavours and firm drying finish. Palate Luscious with complex nut and aged rancio flavours and firm drying finish Winemaking Some years ago De Bortoli acquired unique parcels of very old fortified wines from Rutherglen in Victoria and the Barossa Valley in South Australia. Combined with our substantial existing stocks, De Bortoli has one of the most extensive collections of aged material maturing in barrel in Australia. Old Boys is drawn from these reserves and blended to an average age of 21 years.
De Bortoli 8 Year Old Show Reserve Muscat is an award winning Muscat that has beautifully integrated coffee and fig aromas with a gentle touch of oak. The palate is concentrated and rich with beautiful fruit and oak elements. Serve on its own as an after-dinner drink or pair with a luscious fruit-cake or crème caramel.
Black Noble has woven together both the family and varietys history, as it is crafted from the same botrytised Semillon grapes harvested for De Bortolis iconic Noble One, which was developed by Darren De Bortoli and his father Deen in 1982. This limited release blend is created utilising many vintages including a portion from the original vintage of Botrytis Semillon in 1982. By blending many vintages together we capture each years nuances with an average blended age of 20 years to deliver structure, strength and complexity.
Big Barrel is proudly the largest Independent 100% NZ Family Owned & Operated Liquor group in NZ. Big Barrel is a specialist liquor retailer formed in 2003, starting with their first ever store in Marewa, Napier and has since grown to over 43 stores nationwide and going strong.