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Professional Ratings: 94 The Wine Advocate, 94 International Wine Cellar
Region: McLaren Vale, Australia
Other Info: Green Wines, Collectible Wines, Green Wines
Alcohol By Volume: 20.7%
Item no. 101660
The wine is extremely old and exemplifies a classic Australian style. The color is of an aged wine with a soft tan appearance and tinges of green towards the edge. There is a huge array of characters in this fortified ranging from walnuts, dried raisins, caramels, toffee, molasses, caramelized cumquats and lime, melted butter and after a moment aromas of beef stock, dusty hessian, and dried herbs appear. Overall the aroma has amazing concentration. The palate has superb intensity and is fresh with flavors of baked figs, butterscotch, toffee and dried fruits such as pear and nectarine. As it opens more and more characters appear balanced with great rolling rancio length from the time spent in barrel.
Emerges from a solera of old tawny made between 1928 and 1984. Its medium dark amber color is accompanied by an amazingly expressive bouquet of fig liqueur intermixed with marmalade, roasted nuts, caramel, and black tea. Unctuously thick yet possessing good underlying acidity, its sweetness is neither heavy nor cloying. This is an explosively rich, aromatic, spectacular fortified wine that is impossible to resist.
Golden amber. Unreal nose of toffeed, caramelized apple and pear, maple, chestnut honey, toasted brioche, fig cake, gingerbread and singed citrus peel. More a solid than a liquid on the palate, or at least a colloid, with deep, sticky flavors of pumpkin and banana bread, walnut tart, fruitcake, molasses, ginger snap and Ibarra chocolate. Amazingly, this finishes on a bright note, with nice acid lift and focus, hinting at orange and exotic Indian spices.This is a solera begun in 1928 and concluded in 1984, topped up only with itself . And good luck finding it as only 120 to 180 bottles are released by the winery each year, for the world.