Burge Family Wilsford Old Sweet White Barossa (500ml)

SKU #1344762 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The light amber-hued Old Sweet White (18% alcohol), made from 90% Muscadelle and 10% Pedro Ximinez, possesses loads of flavor, plenty of sweet caramel, hazelnut, and honey notes, and a long, tea-like finish. It will keep in the bottle 5-10 days after being opened; unopened it will keep indefinitely. Until 3-4 decades ago, many Australian wineries were better known for their fortified than dry table wines. For whatever reason, many of these fortifieds fell out of favor in Australia, and have never received the respect they deserve given how spectacular many can be. Rick Burge’s ancestors always made fortified wines, and kept the soleras active during their lifetimes. After many years, Rick Burge decided to begin bottling some of these old fortified wines. There are five different offerings, all of them stunningly rich and intense. I suspect most of them are extremely old, although no records were kept, so it is impossible to know the average age of the solera for each of these cuvees. No one will be disappointed in these spectacular non-vintage fortifieds. (RP)  (10/2004)

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- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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Barossa Valley