A blend of the rarest, richest and most complete wines in the cellar, some dating back over 50 years. The combination of great age, complex rancio characters and skillful blending has created a wine with an intensely complex palate with tea leaf, old oak, molasses and malty flavours. A Rutherglen masterpiece.
Originally thought to come from the Hungarian Tokai variety (hence the name), it is now accepted that Tokay is made from the Muscadelle grape, a white variety. The long, warm Autumn days at Wahgunyah are virtually perfect for allowing the fruit to ripen to the high Baume levels and raisining so essential for the style.
Muscadelle has been grown at All Saints Estate since the winery was established in 1864. The current vines were planted during 1962 and 1963. The fruit is handpicked when the sugar exceeds 24 and crushed to release the sweet, concentrated juice. Pre fermentation cold soaking swells the shrivelled berries and extracts flavour from the skins. A minimum of fermentation occurs prior to fortification to 18%. The wine is a blend of selected vintages, stored in large oak ovals in the â€œchook shedâ€ and racked to bottle as required.
Dark olive mahogany; a sumptuous palate based on 50-year-old solera; another level of complexity altogether, again with a rich tapestry of rancio followed by a drying finish. Vino-Lok. 18% alc. Rating 97 Drink 2010 $110 Date Tasted Feb 09 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
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