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Teperberg Fortesse Essence Fortified Red

Teperberg Fortesse Essence Fortified Red

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This port-style fortified red dessert wine is made from 100% Merlot from mature vines in the Ephraim Hills. Hand harvested at night, after which they go through a gentle destemming and crushing. During the fermentation varying pump-over regimes were performed to ensure optimal extraction of flavors, aromas and color from the grapes.

Upon fermenting to the desired final sugar concentration, the grapes were gently and slowly pressed and grape alcohol was added to the wine until a final alcohol of 15.8% was achieved. This traditional method of production enables the preservation of the natural sweetness from the grapes while halting any further fermentation. At this point the wine was transferred to used French and American oak barrels to age under the ambient atmosphere of the winery for a period of 15 months.

Notes: Sweet, medium-bodied. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, jam, walnuts.
Pairings: Roasted chicken, soft cheeses, dark chocolate
Serving Suggestions: Slightly Chilled
Region: Israel
Alcohol Content: 15.8%