Samuel Smith, founder of Yalumba, first began making wines at his Angaston winery almost 150 years ago and the production of fortified wines has long been part of that history. Today, Yalumba maintains its reputation for premium quality fortified wines by occasionally releasing very small parcels of show reserve stocks. This outstanding old dessert wine is deep tawny in colour, with an aroma of wood aged rancio, elegant brandy spirit and hints of dried fruits and spices. The palate has a firm rich texture, with chocolate and caramel flavours and a persistent aftertaste of nuts and rancio characters.
The original wines made four decades ago were blended from old-vine varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Muscadelle. Since 1985, Portuguese fortified varieties Touriga, Tinta Coa and Tinta Molle have contributed additional complexity to the blend. Dry-grown vineyards in the warmer sub regions of the Barossa Valley are well suited for their low yield and high ripening potential. The grapes are fermented on skins for several days to extract flavour and body then fortified with brandy spirit. After many years of maturation, a selection of older and younger wines are judiciously blended to produce a complexity and balance of fruit and aged characters. The base blend from which this Antique Tawny is bottled is regularly re-blended to perpetuate the consistency and complexity of this classic tawny style from year to year.
90. a bit syrupy but full of flavor with slight nutty taste