Tuesday, April 27, 2021

R.L. Buller Victoria

R.L. Buller Victoria Fine Muscat...$15.99 / 375ml
Tasting Notes: Mid-reddish brown to amber at the rim. Aromatic raisiny/floral scents/hint of spirit. Initial sweetness and raisiny flavours linger to reveal complex hints of honey and lemons. Some rancio character. Underlying structure of tannin and well-integrated spirit. Finish is long and the honeyed flavours return and linger.

Previous Awards, Reviews....
This wine is nearly flawless. Fabulously perfumed as well as unctuously textured, it offers incredible notes of prunes, raisins, honey, molasses, roasted nuts, etc., etc. Australia continues to be a treasure trove for fortified, after-dinner wines. Once bottled, they do not change, and often age up to a decade where well stored. After opening, most will last for a week. This is one of the top wine discoveries of this year’s tastings. Many consumers are going to be overjoyed with this offering.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #143 (Oct 2002) 
The Premium Fine Muscat is a spectacular wine and an outra_geous value. It is creamy, rich and viscous showing rose petal, toffee, and caramel with honey and a sweet black cherry note on the finish. Complex and highly aromatic with a lush palate, it’s difficult to find a much better after dinner wine than this. Keep a few bottles in the pantry or cellar to provide an easy and dramatic end to the meal. Made from dry-farmed vines and aged in oak, solera style.
Rated 93/100 International Wine Review
This is a wine that makes me a little speechless with hard candy licorice and prune. Full body, very sweet and rich. Layered. A creme brulee finish. Intense. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

R.L. Buller Victoria Fine Tokay...$15.99 / 375ml
Tasting Notes: Colour/appearance Amber with orange tints. Bright; Aroma/bouquet Aromatic with toffee and malt aromas. Palate Smooth textured with toffee and caramel sweetness balanced by a touch of rancio. Complex hints of nuttiness and some cold tea characters. Good length and weight. Long nutty aftertaste. Maturation Old oak casks.

Previous Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:
The N.V. Fine Tokay is amber colored with flavors of honey, fig, citrus fruits, and orange marmalade. It is well balanced and has a long, pure finish. R. L. Buller & Son was started in 1921 by the grandfather of Andrew Buller, the current winemaker.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker
This very special, distinctive fortified, solera style wine has a sumptuous, powerful bouquet and rich, creamy palate. Roasted nuts, caramel, dried plum, cherries and sherry like notes all put in an appearance in a complex and delicious brew. Serve in a brandy snifter to further concentrate the aromas, and it can easily serve as a substitute for dessert at the end of the meal. Made from the Muscadelle grape.
Rated 92/100 International Wine Review
A classic sweet Australian wine with wonderful complexity. Full body, very sweet with almond, brunt lemon and light toffee character. This is from solera aged tokay with about 15 to 20 years in barrel.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

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