R.L. Buller & Son Fine Tawny NV / 375 ml.

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RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Oct 2007
The N.V. Fine Tawny is amber brown with flavors of intertwined dates, figs, and chocolate. It is well balanced and has a long, pure finish.
RP9393 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 24th Oct 2004
The dark-amber-hued Premium Fine Tawny offers sumptuous notes of spice box, Christmas pudding, figs, brown sugar, and molasses.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Aug 2003
Rutherglen is ground zero for one of Australia’s great treasures, old fortified Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle), and Buller’s offerings are brilliant examples of these wines. A knock-out, the medium garnet-colored non-vintage Premium Fine Tawny reveals smoky, spicy, nutty notes intermixed with caramel and marmalade characteristics. These Australian treasures are fabulous to drink at the end of a meal. Moreover, once opened, they will hold for several weeks, sometimes longer.
ST9090 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2009
Red-tinged brown. Spicy red berries, cherry pit and toffee on the nose. fleshy, sweet pit fruit and dried cherry flavors stain the palate, with notes of mace and white pepper providing lift. A very fresh style, with strong finishing cut and a lingering burnt sugar quality.
ST9090 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2005
Bright amber. Fig, molasses and spice cake on the nose, with delicate notes of honey and coriander. Light on its feet, even delicate, with a transparency of candied apple and poached pear flavor. It would be difficult to find a better bargain than this in Victoria tawny.
SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 15, 2004
Smooth, open and only lightly sweet, layering its smoky, spicy white pepper and cherry flavors in appropriate balance. Flavors finish with subtlety. Drink now.
WE8686 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/15/2007
Dark amber in color, this still shows its red-grape origins in vaguely berry-like scents and flavors. Hints of chocolate and caramel provide a sweet touch to this supple, medium-bodied fortified. Finishes peppery and warm.
WE8585 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 2/1/2011
Although still a respectable effort, this is a weak link in the Buller arsenal of fortifieds, with a minty, slightly medicinal edge to the modest berry fruit and dark, earthy undercurrents. Turns tart and crisp on the finish.

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Primary Grape: Shiraz | All Grapes: Shiraz, Grenache

Australia | Victoria

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Critical Acclaim

RP94 94 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (1st Oct 2007)

The N.V. Fine Tawny is amber brown with flavors of intertwined dates, figs, and chocolate. It is well balanced and has a long, pure finish.

RP93 93 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (24th Oct 2004)

The dark-amber-hued Premium Fine Tawny offers sumptuous notes of spice box, Christmas pudding, figs, brown sugar, and molasses.

RP92 92 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (23rd Aug 2003)

Rutherglen is ground zero for one of Australia’s great treasures, old fortified Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle), and Buller’s offerings are brilliant examples of these wines. A knock-out, the medium garnet-colored non-vintage Premium Fine Tawny reveals smoky, spicy, nutty notes intermixed with caramel and marmalade characteristics. These Australian treasures are fabulous to drink at the end of a meal. Moreover, once opened, they will hold for several weeks, sometimes longer.

ST90 90 pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Sep/Oct 2009)

Red-tinged brown. Spicy red berries, cherry pit and toffee on the nose. fleshy, sweet pit fruit and dried cherry flavors stain the palate, with notes of mace and white pepper providing lift. A very fresh style, with strong finishing cut and a lingering burnt sugar quality.

ST90 90 pts. / Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Sep/Oct 2005)

Bright amber. Fig, molasses and spice cake on the nose, with delicate notes of honey and coriander. Light on its feet, even delicate, with a transparency of candied apple and poached pear flavor. It would be difficult to find a better bargain than this in Victoria tawny.

SP88 88 pts. / Wine Spectator (May 15, 2004)

Smooth, open and only lightly sweet, layering its smoky, spicy white pepper and cherry flavors in appropriate balance. Flavors finish with subtlety. Drink now.

WE86 86 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (12/15/2007)

Dark amber in color, this still shows its red-grape origins in vaguely berry-like scents and flavors. Hints of chocolate and caramel provide a sweet touch to this supple, medium-bodied fortified. Finishes peppery and warm.

WE85 85 pts. / Wine Enthusiast (2/1/2011)

Although still a respectable effort, this is a weak link in the Buller arsenal of fortifieds, with a minty, slightly medicinal edge to the modest berry fruit and dark, earthy undercurrents. Turns tart and crisp on the finish.

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When casual wine drinkers think of Australian wine, they probably think of the critter-laden labels of Yellow Tail and The Little Penguin, among others. And while large wine companies dominate the Australian list, there are also a great number of smaller producers creating highly-rated, award-winning wines.

The majority of Australian wine is produced in South Australia, with most of that (those “critter wines”) carrying a South Eastern Australia appellation. Subregions such as Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale are home to smaller producers and higher quality wines. Victoria and New South Wales are also significant regions, and wines from Western Australia are reaching America in increasing numbers.

Though Shiraz is the grape most associated with Australia, they’ve also had great success with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Riesling and Grenache.

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SKU 16595
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name R.L. Buller & Son Fine Tawny
Country Australia
Region Victoria
Product Location - Location-Appellation Victoria
Package Size 375 ml.
Brand R.L. Buller & Son
Bottles per Case 12
Spirit/Port Style Tawny Port
Vintage NV
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Fortified Wine
Grape(s) Shiraz, Grenache
Primary Grape Shiraz
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP100100 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Aug 2003
Rutherglen is ground zero for one of Australia’s great treasures, old fortified Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle), and Buller’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.
RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Oct 2007
The N.V. Calliope Muscat is dark amber-colored with aromas, and flavors of figs, dates, prunes, and maple syrup. The wine is amazingly fresh and well-defined with a finish that goes on and on.
RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2002
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 year’s tastings. Many consumers are going to be overjoyed with these offerings.
WE9898 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/15/2007
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. There’s mind-boggling concentration here, but just enough acidity to provide a sense of balance. Still, it’s hard to imagine drinking more than a couple of ounces of this at a time.
RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 25th Oct 2004
The Calliope Rare Muscat’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.
RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Jun 2010
Giving aromas of dark brown sugar, black strap molasses, licorice and preserved walnuts, the deeply brown colored NV Calliope Rare Muscat is again incredibly sweet and viscous with a good amount of acid to balance and is decadently rich and nutty/spicy in the very long finish. All these vintage blended fortified wines are bottled to drink now and though are stable enough to hold, they are not designed to improve with cellaring.
WE9494 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 2/28/2011
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.
ST9494 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2009
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.
SP9494 pts. - Wine Spectator - Sep 30, 2002
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.
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Primary Grape: Muscat of Alexandria

375 ml

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RP9696 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 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.
WE9595 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 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.
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Primary Grape: Muscadelle

375 ml

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RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 30th Oct 2005
The Victoria Tawny exhibits a medium garnet color in addition to sweet, unctuous strawberry and cherry fruit. It is a blend of four grapes, Carina, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, and Shiraz. This blend represents the newest bottled offerings from this Rutherglen producer, an area that produces spectacular fortifieds, especially the Muscats and Tokays (actually Muscadelle). Its freshness, good acidity, soaring aromatics, and unctuous flavors must be tasted to be believed.
WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 2/1/2011
This young tawny, actually garnet in color, is warm and supple. And although this easygoing tawny lacks a bit of complexity, it boasts ample, mouthfilling flavors of black cherry, plum and chocolate.
ST8888 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2009
Faded red color. Cherry and red currant scents, with complicating notes of dried flowers and baking spices. Rich pit fruit and cherry flavors are firmed by tangy acidity and pick up a lush caramel quality on the back end. Very sweet but there’s ample acidity here to keep thins in focus. The finish repeats the spice notes and lingers with good persistence.
SP8686 pts. - Wine Spectator - May 15, 2002
Dark and juicy, with distinct earthy-gamy overtones to the coffee- and spice-scented cherry flavors, finishing moderately sweet. Drink now.
WE8585 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/15/2007
More of a murky garnet than truly tawny, this inexpensive Port-style wine features chocolate, plum and prune flavors and a supple, silky mouthfeel.

Australia | Victoria

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

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