Extraordinary age and distinctive varietal composition make Australia’s top fortifieds unique in the world. Tawny, muscat and topaque/muscadelle are all fully deserving of top rankings in our short list of heroes again this year. They hold their status among the greatest wines of all, and for everything they represent, they are arguably the best value too.
The showdown for Fortified of the Year was between the Barossa and Rutherglen. While Rutherglen muscat and topaque/muscadelle rightly dominate our best-of line-up, there is no contender anywhere on the planet for Seppeltsfield’s mighty 100 Year Old. Discover our Fortified Wine of the Year below.
"If persistence, longevity, complexity and concentration are the ultimate marks of greatness, Para is in a league all of its own. In this bottle, 100 summers and 100 winters have amassed an explosive power, sheer viscosity and mesmerising complexity impossible to articulate in words. A drop is all it takes to transport you into its universe where time stands still and you are held in suspended animation for minutes. Utterly transfixing." – Tyson Stelzer
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*This is an edited extract from the 2022 Halliday Wine Companion, with reviews by Jane Faulkner, James Halliday, Erin Larkin, Tony Love, Ned Goodwin MW, Jeni Port and chief editor Tyson Stelzer.
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