Yalumba Antique Reserve Tawny Port (375ML half-bottle)
Port from Barossa Valley, Australia
Four decades ago my father Wyndham initiated the practice of putting aside a few barrels of each years production of our deluxe tawny ports. Known in the cellar as "Antique Tawny", these wines are left to quietly mature in various corners of our marble cellars. During this ageing process, evaporation (known as the "Angels Share") occurs at between 2.5% and 4.5% each and every year. Our master port blender, David Doc Zimmermann, then painstakingly assembles a wine with an average age of over 15 years - rich and concentrated, it is an important part of Australias wine heritage.
COLOUR: Deep tawny with green tinges around the edges indicating prolonged aging in wood.
BOUQUET: Intense wood aged rancio featuring dried fruits, chocolate and caramel. Elegant brandy spirit adds sweet vanillin and oak complexity.
PALATE: Rich and soft in the middle. Complex rancio flavours with persistent nutty caramel aftertaste. Fine spirit characters balance the sweetness producing an elegant drying finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The Non-Vintage Museum Reserve Antique Tawny is medium amber-colored with aromas of ginger, figs and dates. Intense, ripe, and very sweet, it will finish off your meal in style"
Wine Spectator - "Dark and smoky, sweet but not syrupy, this features coffee, chocolate, walnut and hazelnut flavors that linger effortlessly. Touriga, Muscadelle, Tinta Molle, Tinta Cão, Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvèdre. Drink now. 1,500 cases imported."
International Wine Cellar - "Burnt orange with a yellow rim. Aromas of spices, grilled nuts, orange peel and musky earth evoke Tokaji. Firm and dry-edged in the mouth, with focused apricot pit and walnut flavors. The long, mineral-inflected finish is dry and bracing."
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Yalumba is Australia's oldest family-owned winery, founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith. From modest beginnings, the Yalumba Wine Company has grown to become one of Australia's most successful wineries, owned by 5th generation Robert Hill-Smith. Yalumba regularly receives accolades for its outstanding wines, and for its leadership in viticultural innovation and sustainable farming. Yalumba was the first winery in the world to be recognized with the Climate Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (2007), earned the International Green Apple Gold Award from House of Commons (U.K. 2011), and was the first winery outside the United States to win the BRIT International Award of Excellence in Sustainable Winegrowing Competition (2013). The Yalumba portfolio commences with the fresh and flavorsome varietal wines of the Y Series, then moves up to the Samuel’s Garden line to capture the essence of the classic Rhone-influenced varietals of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, explores sub-regional complexity through innovative, modern wines in the Hand Pickedline, and culminates with the coveted, collectible Yalumba Rare and Fine wines including Signature and Octavius. 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. 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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review43.9 out of 5 stars
19 ratings, 13 with reviewsdaniel morin - New Orleans, LA512/9/2008I have had many ports, and love the stuff. One day following a hike in Yosemite I stopped in at the hotel bar and got the port sampler. This one blew me away! It's rich and has a little tang to it. This stuff is the most incredible port ever.Gary Markowitz - Lexington, MA411/4/2008Yalumba's antique tawny is a terrific value. It's got everything a classic top-flight tawny's got except the high price. Yalumba got this one right! Re-purchased and is highly recommended! Although not from Portugal, this can be called a port anytime the snobs aren't listening. Check out our other reviews at blog.vinoduo.comMGZ - Taylor, MI410/15/2013Smells and tastes like sweet Brandy. The fig, raisin and caramelToffee are very light.Penelope Goodsall - Napa, CA56/7/2013This little gem from Australia has as gloriously rich palate of sweet spice and caramelized toffee offset by a drying finish and nutty complexity. Perfect way to end a meal! Over delivers on value.Bluebird - Spring Creek, NV53/31/2012Smoky and smooth with oaky flavor highlighted with blasts of dried fruit (raisins, dates). It floats in my mouth, it is a gutsy, billowy smooth Australian port with a fantastic aftertaste. A perfect sipping wine and a wonderful nightcap.that-guy - Virginia Beach, VA55/2/2011Fantastic port!410/23/2008Very impressed with the smoothness and finish of this value priced port. Will definitely purchase again.anonymous1600746665 - Bel Air, MD42/25/2016Abbie Lewis - Albuquerque, NM51/27/2016jasynp - Matawan, NJ512/1/2015Great wine. Reminds me of a Manhattan.Cipheritis - Arlington, TX511/17/2013Beautiful nose of cloves, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Favor is rich and full with mellow fruits, caramel, toffee and hints of spice. This port easily stands its own against 20 year tawnys. A must try for any port-lover!IHC - Stamford, CT37/16/2012wtate - Libertyville, IL55/4/2012Carol Williams - Cloudcroft, NM47/29/2010Shoblock - Ledgewood, NJ42/6/2009Hobietim - O'fallon, MO42/24/2009Clean on the palate, undernote of flowers and rounded by aged oak this offering from the Barossa represents a great example of the art.32/3/2010Expected more based RP ratings; too sweet and too much caramel flavor overpowering everythingGalvezGuy - Galveston, TX412/4/2008Nose of raisins, molasses, allspice. Thick and heavy on the palate with raisin, honey, brown sugar. A little short on the finish14/17/2009Smells like varnish - taste like cough syrup. Must be me but I am 0 for two on ports.