Mauritson Independence 2008
In 1999 when we started planting our Rockpile vineyards, I seized the opportunity to fulfill one of my lifelong wine dreams: to make a true vintage port, using the authentic Portuguese varietals. We planted four of the “Big Five” varietals that make up port, as well as taking some creative liberty in planting Tannat. We have exhausted every effort to make this wine as true to a vintage port as possible, all the way down to stomping the grapes with our feet. For you port lovers out there, I think you’ll be very impressed!
Food Pairings for Mauritson Independence
The 2008 “Independence” is a beautiful blackish, purple color. The viscosity of the wine is apparent from the second you pour it, the “legs” cling to the side of the glass; further expressing it’s depth of color. Rich aromas of chocolate and sweet oak are complemented by the fragrance of dark fruits and toasted nuts. Flavors of blackberry cobbler and candied walnuts exemplify the complex profile of this wine. Full in the front palate without any sharp edges, structured tannins lay just below the surface of this heady wine. The finish is surprisingly lush and long for such a young wine. The great balance of the 2008 vintage makes this wine enjoyable with desserts or otherwise sweet dishes, and certainly on its own! This wine should age well over the next 8-12 years.