2013 Rockpile "Independence"
25% Tinto Cao, 25% Tinta Madeira, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Sousão
20 months in oak barrels 80% French 20% American
The 2013 “Independence” is a beautiful contrast of extravagance and restraint. The aromatics are dominated by hedonistic flavors of chocolate covered cherry, coffee, vanilla bean, and sweet oak. Mulled berry greets the palate, complemented by intricate flavors of dried flowers and holiday spice. The mouthfeel is viscous, enveloping every nook and cranny of your palate. Complex flavors of nutmeg and roasted chestnuts add to the depth of this wine. The finish shows the restraint: fine-grained tannins lie just beneath the surface, accented beautifully with balanced acidity. While this wine is more than enjoyable now, it will benefit from a year or two in the cellar and age gracefully for the next 10-15 years.
Port has always been a passion of mine. Some of my fondest family memories revolve around the dinner table: great food, great wine and, of course, finishing the evening off with a great bottle of Port. In 1999, when we started planting our Rockpile vineyards, I seized the opportunity to fulfill one of my wine aspirations: to make a vintage port using authentic Portuguese varieties. We planted four of the primary varieties used in the production of Port and we have exhausted every effort to make this wine as true to a vintage port as possible.