Category Archives: Fortifieds

2007 Tscharke Lumberjack Vintage Fortified Touriga

I’m a fortified and I’m ok…Don’t get sent many. Not popular. More’s the shame. The bottle has changed. Not blocky anymore. A pity given the Lumberjack moniker. Smells and tastes of toffee, dark chocolate, citrus peel, blackcurrants and plums with … Continue reading

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2010 Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

Went through a bracket of dessert wines recently so I’d best get notes up on them. This is a fortified blend of 75% Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains and 25% of its darker mutation, Muscat à Petits Grains Rouge – … Continue reading

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1987 Shottesbrooke 1337 Muscat

A 26-year-old vintage Muscat from bygone days. You can’t help but get a little sentimental. Served it to friends post tasting with a cheese platter. They adored it. And indeed, there’s much to like. Heaps of spiced citrus rind is … Continue reading

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Yalumba Library Tasting Brisbane 2012: A Night at the Museum

I first read about Yalumba’s famed cellar in an article by Campbell Mattinson; “The mystery room, the locked door, and the Yalumba wine library“. An inspirational piece. You’ll need a subscription to read it but the quote which stuck with … Continue reading

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1983 Stanton & Killeen Vintage Port

Rutherglen 19% Cork $? Source: Cellar Last of the birthday celebration wines, back to (slightly more) normal notes after this. The cork seal was perfect, the wine was a joy and I ate as much of the sediment as I … Continue reading

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Radford Eden Valley Fortified Riesling NV

Eden Valley 16.5% Screwcap $ 35 Source: Sample Sound weird? Well, it works and that’s what matters… Made from the pressings off their estate Riesling, barrel fermented in old French wood before being fortified with grape spirit and matured in a … Continue reading

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2008 Flaxman Shiraz VP

Barossa 17.5% Screwcap $20 I see renowned taster and “Young Gun” Andrew Graham has beat me to the punch in reviewing this over at The Australian Wine Review- I have to admit, I’m kind of glad as I can’t … Continue reading

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De Bortoli Black Noble

Riverina, NSW Fortified Semillon 17.5% Screwcap with a Cork underneath? $32- Tasted 4-13/7/09 So, to the wine I recommended as a gift for the pope (though not entirely for him to consume) when WineWeek asked the general public what wine … Continue reading

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