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Dutschke 22 Year Old Tawny NV

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“The 22 year old Tawny” is my blend of some fantastic individual components. Over recent years I have put together a Solera of old fortified wines, allowing me to bottle a small volume of some consistently good stuff each year. The blend is made up of a huge list of varieties including Verdelho, Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga, White Muscat and Palomino. Some of these components date back over 30 years, and are responsible for adding the lusciousness and the distinctive “rancio” (butterscotch) characters we find in this wine. This year I topped up the old base blend with a little old Verdelho, and Touriga. Plenty of rich, rancio, butterscotch flavours and fine drying oak tannins, warm alcohol and fantastic length of flavour. This wine is truly great stuff! Each of these individual fortified wines have been left to rest and mature untouched for many years. My job has been to tweak the blend to generate this wonderful combination of flavours. More Information Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke Cases bottled: 240 6-packs x 375ml bottles (2 Hogsheads only) Vineyard: Many Region: Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek Varieties: Grenache, Shiraz, Verdelho, Touriga, Palomino, Frontignac & Muscadelle Alcohol: 20.0% Oak Maturation: An average of 22 years matured in old oak puncheons (450 litres) and hogsheads (300 litres) Scores * 98pts. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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Once upon a time around the end of the 19th century, this 72 acre patch of real estate included only a few acres of vineyard, with most of the area being dedicated to cropping and dairy cattle. At the start of the 1930's Oscar Semmler, Wayne's grandfather bought the block and more vineyard was planted, but it remained primarily a grazing area for dairy purposes. Oscar's Dad referred to the dirt... Read more
Once upon a time around the end of the 19th century, this 72 acre patch of real estate included only a few acres of vineyard, with most of the area being dedicated to cropping and dairy cattle. At the start of the 1930's Oscar Semmler, Wayne's grandfather bought the block and more vineyard was planted, but it remained primarily a grazing area for dairy purposes. Oscar's Dad referred to the dirt as a "wonder of creation", a fact borne out by the wine now coming from it. The vineyard of that time, while reflecting the fortified market of the day, did not predict the potential to produce the rich varietal flavours found in current production. Oscar's son Ken returned to the Barossa Valley in the early 1970's after first spreading his wings as a fighter pilot with the RAAF, dodging anti-aircraft fire above the jungles of Vietnam. Then in 1975, the transition began with Ken starting the planting of the beloved Shiraz, and it is this first area of Shiraz which provides the precious component of Dutschke Wines. Currently forty five acres are planted with Shiraz making up one third of that area, the balance including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Chardonnay. Most of the fruit gets passed onto other Barossa winemakers. It's rather fascinating to note that all varieties have performed well, both in an analytic sense and the all important consumer taste test! In 1990 Ken and Wayne decided to keep some of these grapes for themselves and start producing wine of their own from this vineyard under the brand "WillowBend". Production never intended to be a big time operation, with the bulk of the fruit each year being delivered to the Krondorf and Mildara Blass Winemakers. Then with the 1998 vintage release, interest from the US led to the name being changed to Dutschke Wines and production for future vintages was revved up to support this market and many others to follow, not to mention an increasing number of thirsty mail order customers! Read less
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“The 22 year old Tawny” is my blend of some fantastic individual components. Over recent years I have put together a Solera of old fortified wines, allowing me to bottle a small volume of some consistently good stuff each year. The blend is made up of a huge list of varieties including Verdelho, Grenache, Shiraz, Touriga, White Muscat and Palomino. Some of these components date back over 30 years, and are responsible for adding the lusciousness and the distinctive “rancio” (butterscotch) characters we find in this wine. This year I topped up the old base blend with a little old Verdelho, and Touriga. Plenty of rich, rancio, butterscotch flavours and fine drying oak tannins, warm alcohol and fantastic length of flavour. This wine is truly great stuff! Each of these individual fortified wines have been left to rest and mature untouched for many years. My job has been to tweak the blend to generate this wonderful combination of flavours. More Information Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke Cases bottled: 240 6-packs x 375ml bottles (2 Hogsheads only) Vineyard: Many Region: Barossa Valley and Langhorne Creek Varieties: Grenache, Shiraz, Verdelho, Touriga, Palomino, Frontignac & Muscadelle Alcohol: 20.0% Oak Maturation: An average of 22 years matured in old oak puncheons (450 litres) and hogsheads (300 litres) Scores * 98pts. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

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