Shiraz Rutherglen Victoria
Buller of Rutherglen holds amazing stocks of aged red in barrel which it calls upon from time to time, to blend into superlative and extremely limited releases. Inspiration and the high art of blending are the catalysts for this stalwart winery's precious little specials, and in this instance they've brought together an uncompromising cuvee of 15% 1972, 37% 1988 and 48% 1996 vintages which have been topped up with a liqueur doseage to undergo a second fermentation. A currant jelly-like colour and mousse bordering on whipped strawberry leads to a magnificently round and contented palate of dry and sweet ju-jube-like flavours.
This wine is crafted in honour of Reginald Langdon Buller, the founder of the family company, which now spans four generations over eighty years. For the third release of this superb sparkling red Andrew Buller has selected three back vintages from the family's reserves of red table wines. From these old vintages, a traditional method of sparkling winemaking was followed to make a finished wine showing genuine aged character. This unique wine offers not only a piece of Buller history but a chance to enjoy a rare taste experience – a mature red sparkling wine. Alcohol 13.0%
Colour is a bright ruby. A full creamy mousse, very quick to acquire volume, with a fine bead that's viscous and ebbs slowly. Bouquet shows cassis character with a dusty overlay. Intriguing complexity in the nose includes violets, tarry liquorice, strawberry jams and persimmon. There are light nuances of praline, almond biscuit and slight traces of five spice. A refreshing palate, redolent with mature flavours of ripe berry fruits. Hints of blackcurrant and complex mature red wine flavours. Delicious elegant aftertaste that brings harmonies of violet crumble, coffee and vanilla. Ready to enjoy on release, serve chilled.