Inexpensive Australian Dessert Wines

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 at 12:00 am

It’s not easy to find fine dessert wine, even those imported from overseas. Let us provide you with great Australian dessert wines at very affordable prices.

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R. L. Buller & Son Fine Muscat – This medium-bodied amber-colored non-vintage premium fine Muscat offers terrific aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and maple syrup. Has great persistence on the palate, reminiscent of luscious syrupy raisins, and a tremendous finish. Robert Parker gives it a score of 94 points, and it costs around $15.

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Chamber Rosewood Muscat – This Muscat from Victoria reveals a deep amber color with a sweet, unctuous style. It is full-bodied and has plenty of marmalade, molasses, honey, and caramel in flavor. Robert Parker gives it a score of 90 points, and it costs around $18.

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Small Gully Mr. Black’s Concoction Port Shiraz 2004 – From Australia’s Barossa region comes this fortified wine that is made occasionally when the fruit is "just right." A very small patch of fruit was selected for this wine and left to hang late into vintage until very ripe. The grapes were then partially fermented and fortified with Brandy spirit before being left to quietly mature in oak for 24 months to produce this stunning wine. It costs around $19.

Elderton Riverina Botrytis Semillon – This 2005 vintage from Riverina wine region is a top-class Semillon that is somewhat not noticed by the American market. At first sight , it is easily for it to be mistaken for a Sauternes. It reveals aromas of crème brulee, buttery pineapple, and toasty oak in its rich, moderately sweet personality. Good background acidity and structure suggest that it would evolve nicely for up to ten years. Robert Parker gives it a score of 90 points, and it costs around $20.

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Pirramimma Late Harvest Riesling – Towards the end of each year’s vintage, a portion of Pirramimma’s estate-grown Riesling is left to hand on the vines for late harvesting. This results to a wine that is more concentrated on sugar yet modifying the Riesling character to a more orange peel, marmalade, and apricot characters both on the nose and the palate. This wine costs around $21.