External Reviews for R.l. Buller & Son Calliope Rare Liqueur Muscat
A deep, burnished brown color and explosive aromas mark this as a serious dessert wine, and the rich coffee, cream, cherry, caramel and exotic spice flavors roll across the palate on a silky texture.
Rich and viscous, this glass-staining, deep brown wine is loaded with notes of coffee, toffee and dried fruit. Pronounced rancio character marks the nose and lingers on the long, complex finish.
Buller, who has long been a supplier of fortified wines to the big Yalumba Company, has begun bottling under his own label, and, luckily for Americans, they have been picked up by a USA importer. The Tokay Calliope and Muscat Calliope are pure perfection. Both are amber-colored nectars with extraordinary perfumes, incredible richness, and finishes that linger on the palate, seemingly forever. At $50, they are a steal. The average age for the Calliope offerings is around 50 years of age. Australia continues to be a treasure trove for fortified, after-dinner wines. Once bottled, they do not change, and often age up to a decade where well stored. After opening, most will last for a week. This is one of the top wine discoveries of this yearrsquo;s tastings. Many consumers are going to be overjoyed with these offerings.
Rutherglen is ground zero for one of Australiarsquo;s great treasures, old fortified Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle), and Bullerrsquo;s offerings are brilliant examples of these wines. The Calliope Rare Muscat boasts a deep, dark amber color as well as layers of flavor and constantly changing aromatics of brown sugar, fig, molasses, and Lord knows what else. It is an extraordinary beverage. These Australian treasures are fabulous to drink at the end of a meal. Moreover, once opened, they will hold for several weeks, sometimes longer.
Deep, tawny color. Singed orange, cherry skin, toffee and marzipan on the nose. Broad, deeply concentrated burnt citrus and pit fruit flavors are complicated by brown sugar and orange peel, with exotic baking spice and floral qualities on the back end. This refuses to let go of the palate, finishing with excellent clarity, thrust and sticky persistence.
The Calliope Rare Muscatrsquo;s light amber color is followed by an intoxicating fragrance that includes scents of prunes, figs, maple syrup, molasses, and gobs of fruit. The glycerin is extraordinary, the acid level provides freshness and definition, and the finish lasts over a minute.
This is dark, almost black in color at the center, with greening evident at the rim. Syrupy, intense aromas of coffee and dark chocolate make an immediate impact on the nose, followed by syrupy, intense flavors of coffee and molasses. Therersquo;s mind-boggling concentration here, but just enough acidity to provide a sense of balance. Still, itrsquo;s hard to imagine drinking more than a couple of ounces of this at a time.