Aged Liqueur Verdelho NV

Aged Liqueur Verdelho NV

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Verdelho is a variety which originates from the Island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal and was introduced into Australia in 1825. O'Shea produced sweet fortified Liqueur Verdelho during the 1920's and since then a "mother blend" has been maintained. Each bottle of Aged Liqueur Verdelho has a small quantity of O'Shea's "mother blend".

Rutherglen Wine Show 2015 Rutherglen Wine Show 2016

Verdelho

750ml

About this Wine

Region

Hunter Valley, NSW

Winemaker

Phil Ryan (winemaker) / Russell Cody (blender)

Colour

Attractive amber, light tawny with green olive tinges.

Aroma

Lifted, fruitcake, treacle and caramel with hints of citrus rind, prunes and sandalwood.

Growing Conditions

The grapes were harvested in 1989 mid-March and in 2004, late March. In both years the conditions were a little milder than usual with some rain but not as prevalent as it can be in the Hunter Valley. The grapes were allowed to ripen to over 15 Baume which provided good sugar levels for the wine to be converted into a fortified white wine.

Palate

Although rich and viscous, the palate is fresh and lively with figs and prunes accompanied with ripe orange rind characters. Raisin fruit and treacle are also present and the palate is long soft and smooth. There is a hint of oak aged nutty characters present from the time the wine has spent in oak.

Vinification/Maturation

The grapes were harvested and then allowed to ferment on skins in an open fermenter ever so slightly, and once a drop of 0.5 Baume had occurred, fortification using a combination of aged brandy and clean spirit was carried out to halt the ferment. The must was then drained and pressed and clarified and the subsequent wine was then matured in old oak barrels. The wine is pumped out of these old oak barrels every four years and filtered and adjusted and pumped back into the same barrels to help keep the freshness in the wine. The extended oak maturation gives the wine added complexity, concentration and the darker colour to this classic Hunter fortified wine style.

Alcohol/Vol

20%

pH

3.56

Acidity

6.12

Food Matches

Pear Charlotte and vanilla bean ice cream

Peak Drinking

This fine fortified Hunter Verdelho has benefitted from a long time spent in old oak so can be drunk now, but can be cellared further without quality being diminished too much.

Professional Reviews

93 points - James Halliday

Wine Companion 2017

'89 and '04 vintages, open-fermented on skins, fortified with aged brandy and clean spirit, matured in used oak, filtered and adjusted every 4 years, gold medal Rutherglen Wine Show '15. Contains a small quantity of Maurice O'Shea's Mother blend from sweet fortified Liqueur Verdelho that he produced in the 1920s. This is luxury-grade rocket fuel, its lift off lifts you out of your chair. I have no idea what the class was in the Rutherglen Wine Show, because this wine defies description.