Yalumba Antique Tawny Museum Reserve Dessert Wine…Phew! Retails for $22.39, but I picked up the small (375 ml) bottle for $20.99 at my local Fred Meyer. Yalumba hails from Australia’s oldest family-owned winery and, to qualify as an “antique” wine, it must be at least ten years old, but less than 21. The “reserve” stamp merely means the vineyard folks used select grapes from exceptional batches. “Dessert” labeling signifies that Yalumba is honoring the traditional method of calling a wine “Port” only if it grows in Portugal. Yes, Yalumba gets favoritism points for following the rules! This dessert wine has a 19% ABV.
We learn some great trivia on Yalumba’s back label; it is comprised of the “angel’s share” of wine. Throughout the maturation process, between 2% and 5% of the product is lost through evaporation. The remaining wine is called the “angel’s share,” and that’s the recipe for Yalumba Antique Tawny.
Yalumba Antique Tawny is rich and concentrated, with a caramel color, gorgeously thick legs, and smoky aroma. Taste is bold and full, almost sharp, initially, transitioning to a delicious, gentle hint of licorice. Its fruity finish is subtle, leaving me wanting for another sip. Overall, this dessert wine lives up to its price; the entire experience is worth repeating.
Yalumba Antique Tawny: 4.o nostrils
Until next time, I am your doc in Port!