In Portugal, Pipe is a wine measure of varying capacity. We have chosen the name "Pipe" to reflect the time- honoured tradition of Port producers and the quality of this fine wine. The wine is an equal blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, usually the last grapes to be harvested, with a Brix level of 25 to 26. Partway through fermentation, the process is stopped by adding high-alcohol grain spirits, bringing the alcohol up to 18-19% and leaving behind residual sugar. The wine is placed in neutral oak barrels for more than three years, allowing the wine to partially oxidize and develop luscious flavours of ripe cherry and soft blackberry with a hint of fig.