500 ml Bottles. Current blend/solera, direct from the winery, which matches the batch that scored 99 points by James Halliday.
Sold in Single, individually Gift Boxed Bottles.
For over 155 years, the Morris family have earned their position as one of the most prominent winemaking families in Australia, with their name being synonymous with 'Liqueur Muscat' for many years. Today, David Morris, the fifth generation of the family to run the winery, ensures the Morris name remains one of Australia's most respected.
The Old Premium Rare Muscat is the champion wine in the Morris stables, and rightfully so gathers the most attention. This is an unadulterated liquid of pure joy and hedonism. Made in the traditional sherry-like Solera method, where older vintage wines are topped up with the fresh vintage in each passing season, this Old Premium Rare has some base vintages going back almost 100 years, and the average blend sits somewhere between 20 and 40 years of age.
The Muscat is made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, using late-harvested grapes, that are raisined slightly before fermentation. The unctuos liquor is then fortified with a neutral local grape spirit, which ceases the fermentation process, before the wine is then left to mature in large format oak casks for years to decades. This is one of the greatest assets in International wine, and the wine style of wine that Australia has no peer on. Of al the great, iconic high scoring wines in the world, very few will ever be as accessible and well priced as this Morris Old Premium Rare Muscat.
Muscat is a wine style unique to Australia. Made from Muscat à Petit Grain Rouge, known locally as Brown Muscat, these wine captivate wine consumers with their richness and intensity of flavour. Ranging from bright rainsiny sweetness in its youth to more intense, complex and rich flavours of fruit cake, mocha and citrus peel as it ages. An ideal after dinner wine, Muscat pairs beautifully with chocolate, fruity desserts or strong cheeses.
This Muscat is made up of base vintages that can go back as far as 100 years old, with the average base sitting between 20 and 40 years.
The older vines impart intense, concentrated and luscious flavours with aged complexity to this wine. These are complimented by fresh fruit characters from the younger wines. In the glass, the wine is a dark olive brown with a green tinge on the rim. An intense bouquet of raisin fruit and soft woody characters delight the nose. The palate shows great depth, length and complexity with rich and luscious flavours of sweet spices, dried raisins and christmas pudding.
Over 155 years, the Morris family have earned their esteemed position as one of the most prominent wine-making families in Australia. Today, David Morris continues their wine making history combining tradition with contemporary techniques, ensuring that the Morris name remains one of the Australia’s most iconic and respected wine family dynasties. The original vineyards were planted in 1859, in Rutherglen, Victoria, by George Morris. Sadly these vineyards were destroyed by Phyloxera in the late 1890s. However, Charles Morris (George's son) planted a new vineyard in 1897, just a few kilometres away from the original site. This vineyard, named Mia Mia, is still in use today. Fifth generation winemaker, David Morris, is currently the Chief Winemaker for Morris Wines, although the company was aquired by Casella brands in 2016. The Morris range focuses on fortified wines, for which they have won numerous awards over the years. But they also produce a range of table wines.
Dark brown colour with daffodil-yellow rim. Very thick in the mouth, black flavours, beyond fruit or chocolate flavours, though some very intense mocha and espresso. Far more difficult to describe than the others because it’s so tight and tightly woven, so harmonious. Garrigue herbs, even a touch of peach, too. Powerful, sweet, almost medicinal. Probably less approachable than the previous wine, but incredible. Drink now, to eternity.'
JAMES HALLIDAY - THE AUSTRALIAN
When I first judged the fortified wine classes at the Sydney Wine Show 45 years ago, I was a cork bobbing in a sea of unimaginable intensity and density of flavours. But Len Evans made it clear that the best wines had freshness in the midst of a bewildering tsunami of luscious spiced, dried fruit flavours. It has amazing freshness, length and a bright finish, rancio in high relief. (May 2019)
GARY WALSH - THE WINE FRONT
Probably the signature wine of Morris... The oldest material in this wine goes back over 100 years, and on average is over 20 years, but that’s not an exact science either. So complex. So rich. Rancio, raisins, orange peel, spiced currants, lift and so much life in the old boy. It’s impossibly thick and viscous, dark chocolate, intense acidity, coffee candy, molasses, but trim and fresh. The length is to infinity and beyond. Scorched peanut bars were among my favourite things, yet they are no more. This still stands. The dude abides. (September 2019)