Super long. Terrific wine. Complexity and lip-smackingness combined. Rated : 95" Gary Walsh
You never know what you might unearth in Carl Lindner’s shed behind his Jaguar collection. How about a PX solera dating from 1944? For all of its age and monumental complexity, it’s refreshingly vibrant, balanced and without any hint of cloying sweetness. 96 Points
Drink: 2011 Tyson Stelzer
So we’ve been asked to review more fortifieds, so some fortifieds you shall receive. Rancio, mixed peel, light honey/toffee coated nuts and a cup of black tea to go with it. All manner of sweet and savoury flavours on a viscous and slippery base that’s cut with bright acid, so it feels light on its feet. Super long. Terrific wine. Complexity and lip-smackingness combined. Rated : 95 Points Tasted : Feb12 Alcohol : 19% Price : $30 Closure : Screwcap Drink : Gary Walsh www.winefront.com.au
Zar Brooks can't decide whether it's ximenez (frontlabel) or ximinez (back label). From a solera started in 1944, now an average age of 30 years. It has a strong, dark-roasted nut bouquet, and an extremely luscious brandy snap, cumquat, nut and tea palate. This is seriously old material. Rating: 94pts James Halliday
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.