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External Reviews for R.L. Buller & Son Calliope Rutherglen Rare Tokay
Sweet, spicy and subtle, an elegant dessert wine with pretty flavors of brown sugar, hazelnut, caramel and exotic spices swirling around a slick core of cherry flavor way down deep in the middle of the wine.
Just a tiny serving of this dark nectar will last a long time. The malty, porter-ish aromas intrigue, followed by incredibly rich and syrupy flavors accompanied by mouthwatering acids and enormous persistence. Layers of complexity gradually unfold in the glass, revealing hints of honey, caramel and beguiling rancio notes.
With an equally very deep brown color, the NV Calliope Rare Tokay reveals aromas of walnut cake, toasted hazelnuts, black molasses, brown sugar and macerated sultanas. It has profound richness with a full, viscous texture and very high levels of sweetness plus a good amount of acid to balance. The finish is amazingly long and wonderfully spicy.
Brown with a green rim. Deep, spicy aromas of fruitcake, smoky minerals, cured meat, apricot pit and molasses, with a note of maple building with air. Sticky, deeply concentrated pit fruit and caramel flavors reach every corner of the palate, picking up brown spice and toffee notes with aeration. The maple note lingers on the long, sappy, energetic finish.
Aromas of caramel, dark toffee and treacle. Intensely sweet and tangy to taste. This trophy wine is made from 90-year-old Muscadelle vines planted in red loamy soil. The wine is hand plunged and fermented with wild yeasts, then aged in well-seasoned oak. As Rutherglen is characterized by its long Indian summers and abundant rainfall - on average 60 cm falls annually - only the best yeas are acceptable for the Rare Tokay, whose first vintage dates back to the 1940s. The Calliope label is reserved for Buller’s top wines. It is named in honor of the British ship Calliope which was immortalized by the famous Australian poet Banjo Patterson in his iconic poem The Battle of the Calliope.
Thick, dark brown and looking as much like molasses as wine. Bullerandrsquo;s Calliope Rare Tokay has a soy-like meatiness to it, a leathery note that adds complexity to its notes of treacle and rancio. Almost too sweet and syrupy, with an endless finish.
The N.V. Calliope Tokay, amber/brown in color, is intense, thick, and rich with aromas and flavors of caramel, English toffee, tangerine, and orange peel leading to a 60+ second finish.