The Don Port 2011
Bobcat Estate Vineyard
a wonderful holiday gift
Touriga 71%, Tinta Cao 24%, Souzao 5%
bing cherries, grenadine, rose petals, allspice, milk chocolate
dried cherries, fruitcake, pomegranate, sweet cedar
flourless chocolate cake, coconut flan, cranberry-maple pudding cake with orange zest
Drink now through 2026.
Planted at the entrance to the winery, on a west facing slope with sandy loam soils, Bobcat Crossing was established in 2001. Named after co-founder Don Van Steenwyk, this is Adelaida’s interpretation of a Vintage Port.
Tasting of sweet red fruits and Christmas spices, it has a long penetrating finish. Drink now through 2024.
"chocolate cake with raspberry sauce, Welsh Rarebit, English Stilton, aged Cheddar, and ripe Camembert"
Planted in 2001 on sandy loam soil, the average daytime summer temperatures vary from the mid-90s Fahrenheit to low 50s at night. Bobcat Crossing is our most conspicuous vineyard as it can be seen on the drive between Adelaida Road and the winery. This property is planted with the Portuguese varieties Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cao and Souzoa, as well as Muscat Blanc (first crop was in 2004).
Grapes were harvested at normal red wine Brix levels (not late harvest style) and co-fermented on native yeast. Towards the end of the primary fermentation, based on measurements of remaining residual sugar, a grape spirit is added to the must, raising the alcohol level to 20% and stopping the yeast activity. At this point the wine was moved to neutral oak barrels and rested for five full years in cask. In the port trade this would technically be called a Late Bottled Vintage Port, having spent at least four years in the barrel.
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