R.L. Buller "Fine" Tokay Rutherglen Victoria (375ml)

SKU #999933 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 A bargain among Down Under fortifieds, Buller's Victorian blended Tokay features wonderfully complex notes of tea, spice and citrus atop lush caramel-like sweetness. It's silky and balanced, with a long, citrusy finish.  (2/ 2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Here's a great 'stickie' from the land down under. There is a gorgeous nose full of orange rind, necterine, almond, toffee and white chocolate with hints of cold tea bag. With wonderful balance and length, this matchs superbly with milk chocolate.  (10/ 2002)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright orange-hued brown. Pungent aromas of apricot and peach pit, mint, cherry and dried rose. Sappy, spicy cherry and pit fruit flavors are lifted by a zesty spice note and complicated by suggestions of succulent herbs. The minty quality resonates on the long, slightly sticky finish.  (10/ 2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Beginning the fortifieds, the NV Fine Old Tokay provides a great value taste of this style. Yielding a pale amber color, the aromas are of ripe figs, dried apricots, toffee, manuka honey and a whiff of treacle. It’s very sweet in the mouth, yet a high backbone of acid provides freshness for balance that lasts through the long finish. Best known for their rare, fortified vintage blends of Muscat and Tokay - the style that really put Rutherglen on the fine wine map - R L Buller also produce some very good if robust table wines that speak of the region’s hot growing season.  (6/ 2010)

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