Celebrating youthfulness and balance, ‘The Apprentice’ 1997 Single Harvest Tawny Port captures the beginning of the journey of a future Cellar Master.
At the time of the 1997 harvest, Graham’s current Head Winemaker, Charles Symington, was apprenticed to his father, Peter. The year produced outstanding wines and, while some were bottled as Vintage Port, Peter chose some of the finest for extended wood-ageing. Over 25 years later, Charles has selected the remaining casks for limited bottling.
Lovely aromas of marmalade with traces of vanilla, soft caramel, and hints of honey and raisins. Bright red fruit flavours are rounded by cask-ageing but still fresh and vital with an underlying citric acidity which gives the wine balance and poise. Satisfyingly long aftertaste with a subtle combination of walnuts, tea and tobacco.
It is recommended that the wine be served lightly chilled to enjoy it at its best. Once open, the wine will keep in good condition for up to 8 weeks.