Yalumba Antique Tawny (375ml)
A superb fortified wine with the base wine having an average age of 15 years. Brilliant sienna brown colour with deep olive green hue. The nose displays strong nutty rancio top notes, followed by hints of orange marmalade. The palate is rich, beautifully balanced with fine brandy spirit. Long rancio flavours are overlaid with walnut, orange and raisin cake. Dry finish, followed by a long rancio, honey and walnut aftertaste.
Cellar 1-2 years (2006-2007)
First tasted, May 2001:
Yet another exceptional fortified wine from Yalumba. The base wine is over 40 years old, the finished wine has an average age of 15 years. Deep sienna brown colour, with distinct green olive edges, showing its great age. The nose is a touch restrained at first, but yields subtle aromas of caramel, prune and honey, with a strong rancio character over a very fine brandy background. The palate is rich and luscious with very distinct nutty rancio flavours. Excellent length, with very dry finish and long lingering aftertaste of honey and caramel.A wonderful experience, at a very modest price. (375ml bottle).
The medium amber-hued non-vintage Museum Reserve Antique Tawny, which has had more than 15 years of oak aging, is a sensational fortified that could easily be confused with a high quality, 20- to 25-year-old Tawny Port. Delicious notes of prunes, sweet raisins, over-ripe strawberries, and caramel soar from the glass of this incredibly intense wine.
Robert Parker - The Wine Advocate # 161 (Oct 2005)