Yalumba 50 Year Tawny Port (half-bottle)
Port from Barossa Valley, Australia
This tawny represents the very finest and oldest ever released from our reserved stocks of showcase wines. Our best tawnies have always been retained for exhibiting in Australian National Wine Shows, regularly being awarded medals and trophies. For the first time, a very small parcel is being released to reflect Yalumbas heritage and commitment to preserving the history of this era.
The core of this wine possibly originates from the 30s, being made from varieties such as Shiraz, Grenache, Dolcetto, Mourvédre and Muscadelle, then fortified with fine pot-still brandy produced in Yalumbas very own still. The wines have been matured in various old oak casks ranging from quarter casks to puncheons. During this time, evaporation between 2-4% each year has resulted in a rich and concentrated wine, with around 85% of the original wine evaporating, coined the "angels share". Over the years, it has been regularly reblended with Amontillados to counteract the concentration of sugars and maintain the characteristic drying finish of this classic tawny style. This has resulted in a current average age of over 50 years.
Deep golden tawny with pronounced green edges indicating exceptional wood age.
Burnt caramel and spices with lifted etheral aromas contribute to the pungent rancio character developed from many years of maturation in small wood. Intense rancio complexity from immense concentration of flavour imparting a firm, tangy richness to the middle. The aftertaste lingers incessantly with a complexity of honey, toffee and caramel flavours.
The Wine Advocate - "Medium brown colored with a slightly green rim, the NV Museum Reserve 50 years Old Tawny Port presents a fragrant earthy character on the nose with notes of earth, old barn planks and underbrush over roasted brazil nuts, praline, treacle, baklava, and cassia. Not overly sweet and with very crisp acid it has lots of complex layers, finishing long and nutty. Love it. It’s designed to drink now."
Yalumba is one of Australia's oldest family-owned wineries and was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful medium-sized wineries, owned by 6th generation Robert Hill Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolateds for its distinctive wines, as well as for its leadership role in the Australian wine industry in the areas of viti-innovation and environmental policy. The Yalumba premium wine portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to capture the essence of the Barossa Eden Valleys, explores old world varieties through innovated, modern wines in the Hand Picked line, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare & Fine wines. View all Yalumba Wines
About Barossa ValleyView a map of Barossa Valley wineries
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley proper. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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