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

SKU #999935 94-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 96 points "The N.V. Fine Muscat offers the most complexity of this hedonistic trio. Dark amber-colored, it delivers flavors of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and dates. All three are well balanced and have long, pure finishes. They are extraordinary values." JM (08/08). 96 points "The medium dark amber-colored Premium Fine Muscat (100% Muscat) reveals terrific aromas of toffee, melted caramel, molasses, brown sugar, hazelnuts, and smoke. This blend represents the newest bottled offerings from this Rutherglen producer, an area that produces spectacular fortifieds, especially the Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle). Its freshness, good acidity, soaring aromatics, and unctuous flavors must be tasted to be believed." RP (08/05). 97 points "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." RP (10/02)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Smooth, unctuous and briming with Muscat spiciness, there are notes of dried apricot, prune, toffee and toasted marshmallow. Very rich and decadent, and a superb value for the quality.  (10/ 2002)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Green-tinged brown color. Intensely perfumed bouquet shows a strong spicy character and scents of orange peel, clove, nutmeg and brown sugar. Deeply sweet but not excessively thick, avoiding any syrupy character. Zesty orange peel and spices on the palate, with sweeter pit fruit and caramel notes on the back end. Impressively vibrant for a fortified wine, with strong finishing spiciness and a hint of bitter orange.  (9/ 2009)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Buller's entry-level Muscat blend sourced from inside and outside Rutherglen itself is a terrific value. It's perfumed yet full bodied and rich, with sweet notes of golden raisins and dried figs, as well as darker hints of dates and molasses  (2/ 2011)

K&L Notes

Established as a family winery back in 1921, the Bullers continue to this day to produce incredible fortified wines from the historic Rutherglen region. The wines are not only steeped in history, but also rapturous acclaim from the world's top critics in recognition of their stunning quality and outrageous value. As with most wines of this style, the solera method is utilized for consistency and balance of flavors combining youthful purity with aged complexity and rancio notes to die for. Basically this decadent style of wine combines the floral notes and sweetness of a late harvest Muscat with the richness, nuttiness and rancio barrel-aged characters of tawny port or even sherry with a lovey spice and kick from the fortifying brandy. It is selected from a solera that has been in rotation for decades and the flavors are beautifully married. If you haven't experienced one of these legendary Rutherglen dessert wines, this is a real classic with which to get started! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L Australian Wine Buyer)

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Australia

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Victoria

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Rutherglen