NV Dutschke The Tokay 375 ml

Year: NV
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Country: Australia
Wine Spectator: 91
Wine Advocate: 91
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"Sweet, but it stops short of syrupy, with a lovely caramel and brewed tea quality that lingers, along with a touch of pineapple and floral notes. Drink now. 60 cases imported. " (WS)

"The light amber-hued non-vintage The Tokay offers exuberant raisiny/brown sugar-like fruit on the attack, crisp, underlying acidity that buttresses the wine’s syrupy richness, and a wonderful freshness. According to Wayne Dutschke, this cuvee comes from a 9-year-old solera." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The idea of producing Tokay about, when cousin Jeff asked if I could make him a barrel or two of Tokay from the one remaining row of Tokay growing in the “Semmler Brothers” vineyard. He needed something in his shed to warm him up after pruning during the winter.

His plan was to flatten the old Tokay vines with the bulldozer after this first vintage. I struck a deal with Jeff, agreeing that if the wine shaped up well, that maybe we would get to keep the vines. As you can guess, the wine was terrific and the vines are still here today.

“The Tokay” is a blend of 100% Barossa Valley Tokay (Muscadelle) with the richness and lusciousness you’d expect from only Rutherglen Tokay. In blending this wine, I have chased up some older material from a couple of winemaking mates here in the Barossa, to blend with our fresh and luscious younger Tokay. This also allows me to have a collection of older material tucked away for the future. Some of this precious older material goes back to 1988.

“The Tokay” shows plenty of caramel, toffee and nutty like characters and has a sweet, rich, luscious palate, finishing round and a touch dry from the oak tannin and warm alcohol.