Top Australian Tawny Port

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Tawny ports are wines created from red grapes that are aged in wooden barrels, which exposes them to gradual oxidation and evaporation. As a result, they gradually mellow into a golden-brown color. The exposure to wood causes the wine’s nutty flavors, which is blended to match the house style.

Let’s take a look at some of the top tawny ports that can be seen in Australia.

Dutschke Old Codger – This tawny is a blend of wines from both Langhorne Creek and Barossa Valley. It has an average of 8 years. The port has great complexity and has much sweeter, butterscotch-like flavors, exhibiting hints of molasses and jammy strawberry, which is a result of blending the winery’s older fortifieds with younger, fresher components. Robert Parker grades it with a score of 90 points, and it costs around $21.

R. I. Buller & Son Fine Old Tawny – This tawny is a blend of four grapes: Carina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Shiraz. It exhibits a medium garnet color in addition to sweet, unctuous strawberry and cherry fruit, with some caramel and blackcurrant characters. Its freshness, good acidity, soaring aromatics, and buttery flavors must be tasted to be believed. Robert Parker grades it with a score of 92 points, and it costs around $14.

Yalumba Antique Tawny NV – This non-vintage museum release antique tawny were blended from original wines made four decades ago, with Portuguese fortified varieties contributing some additional complexity to it. It reveals notes of overripe strawberry, caramel, and spice box in a rich, full-bodied, and powerful style. Expect some nuts and rancio aftertaste. Robert Parker grades it with a score of 92 points, and it costs around $20.


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