Only the best vintages are selected for the Old Premium Rare range. The art lies in the blending of very old and much younger material, to impart intense, concentrated and luscious flavours with aged complexity, complemented by fresh fruit characters from younger wines. Considered the delicate cousin to Muscat, the Topaque varietal is a hallmark for Australian wine. Approximately 20 years of age.
Grapes are left on vine as long as possible to maximise sugar levels before hand-picking. They are crushed, partially fermented, pressed and fortified. The wine is transferred to casks and barrels for maturation.
Golden brown with green hues, honey and butterscotch aromas with rich nutty and oak influences. The palate offers concentrated flavours, smooth and silky texture with soft spirit leading to a relatively dry, long finish.
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.
JANE FAULKNER - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Rare is in a class of its own. Extraordinarily complex, taking on umami complexity, dark chocolate studded with salt flakes, raisins soaked in molasses and more besides. Rich and sweet, but definitely not burdened by all that because it has life, a lemony acidity and a freshness throughout.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
The colour is an astounding density. A myriad of dried fruit panettone, lapsang, five-spice, hoisin and roasted walnut doused in espresso and bitter chocolate, reel from a core of thoroughbred intensity. An immense wine that dichotomously, despite its sheer weight, almost evaporates from the tip of the tongue and surfaces of the cheeks, while lingering endlessly.
Almost incomprehensible concentration here. This has a deeply aged, toasty and dark nutty edge on the nose. Roasted honey, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, too. The palate has implausibly concentrated flavors that follow the same threads shown on the nose, all swooningly sweet and rich. Yet, somehow it extrudes and balances to the point of lightness, leaving a trail of long, dark and toasted flavors of almonds. Extremely impressive and complex. Drink now. Screw cap.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
(500ml) Very deep, dark, glass-staining colour with black tints and a yellow rim. The bouquet is wonderfully deep and concentrated with densely concentrated muscat fruit character as well as very aged rancio and toffee and all sorts of flavours, which linger on the palate with enormous persistence. A great wine.
DECANTER WORLD WINE AWARDS
Intense and elegant, with chocolate-coated rasins, tar, earth, leather, crystalised orange peel, mocha and touches of soy among the rancio notes. This has all you need.