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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Wine Entry : R.L. Buller Fine Muscat (Australian)

Bought this wine at CostCo in USA, very reasonable at US$10, never seen it in Singapore before. Had it in my Chicago hotel room and all I had to do to was to leave it outside at the balcony for about an hour and the wine was nice and chilled. It had a nice dark brown colour, not usual for a sweet dessert wine, I suspect it had been fortified somewhat.

=> See the ice cream together with the wine?!

97 points Robert Parker’s – The Wine Advocate
Smooth, unctuous and brimming with Muscat spiciness, finishing with toffee and prune flavours.
2,000 cases made.

Since 1921, R.L. Buller & Son has been creating some of the finest fortified wines in the Rutherglen region. 80 years later, the original ‘Calliop’ vineyard still produces the fortified wines they refer to as their ‘sleeping giants’ as well as a range of Fine Premium muscats, tokays and tawny ports using the age-old techniques of basket presses, and open fermenters.

Through a solera system of fractional blending in oak barrels, the mature wine is drawn off for bottling, and replaced with wine from the new vintage, ensuring a consistent blend of the older material with the fresh new wine.

Smell : Strong sweet ripen fruity - plummy and cherry scents

Taste : Thick honey cherry peachy flavour

After-taste : Warm & smooth with a medium finish, no lingering bitter taste.

Description at the back :

At Bullers we still use traditional methods to produce our premium Muscats. The grapes are hand picked at our non irrigated vineyards. In the winery the skins are gently pressed to extract flavour without unwanted tannins or bitterness. The wine is aged in old oak, hogsheads and blended in a solera system.



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