Generally have low to medium acidity and high alcohol. They are almost always made in contact with oak either during fermentation and / or afterwards through ageing in oak casks. This oak contact is very significant as it gives additional flavour dimensions to the wine, as well as adding complexity. Expect these wines to have a creamy mouth feel with luscious flavours of butter and honey combined with melon, pear and tropical fruits such as nectarines and pineapple. Add to this vanilla, toast and nutty flavours contributed by the oak and you have rich, full bodied wines of real character and often with great complexity.