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R.L. Buller & Son Calliope Rutherglen Rare Tokay

375 ml.


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Where it's produced

North East Victoria

What's in the Bottle

100% Muscadelle

Product Details

R.L. Buller & Son
375 ml.
Item #:
12 bottles

R.L. Buller & Son Calliope Rutherglen Rare Tokay  NV / 375 ml.

Ratings Key:

  • SP Wine Spectator
  • WE Wine Enthusiast
  • VN Vinous
  • RP Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
  • ST Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
  • OT Other Review Service
  • Gold Premier Gold - Best Value*
  • Plat Premier Platinum - Our Highest Recommendation
  • * as rated by our staff

Published Reviews

100 pts.: 25th Oct 2004

The prodigious, dark amber-colored Calliope Rare Tokay boasts colossal aromatics and flavors of melted caramels, coffee, toffee, candied fruits marinated in cognac, magnificent richness, and a huge finish that lasts over 70 seconds. My tasting notes for these wines were virtually identical to those from my report in issue #155 as the solera blends for these cuvees remain essentially the same. I did rate the Victoria Tawny slightly higher this year. Readers just need to be aware that these fortifieds must be tasted to be believed as they are among the world’s most profound after-dinner fortified wines.

99 pts.: 30th Oct 2002

The Calliope is pure perfection. It is an amber-colored nectar with extraordinary perfume, incredible richness, and a finish that lingers on the palate, seemingly, forever. At $50, it is a steal. 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 year’s tastings. Many consumers are going to be overjoyed with this offering.

98 pts.: 1st Oct 2007

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.

98 pts.: 12/15/2007

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.

96 pts.: 30th Jun 2010

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.

95 pts.: 2/1/2011

Thick, dark brown and looking as much like molasses as wine. Buller’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.

94 pts.: Sep/Oct 2009

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.

94 pts.: Sep 30, 2002

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.

: October 1, 2008

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.