The Liquid Amber Topaque

The Liquid Amber Topaque

The idea of producing Topaque came to me when cousin Jeff asked if I could make him a barrel or two of Topaque from the one remaining row of Muscadelle grapes 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 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 Liquid Amber Topaque” is a blend of Barossa Valley Topaque (Muscadelle) from a number of vintages. It has the richness and lusciousness you’d expect only from Rutherglen Topaque. In blending this wine, we have chased up some older material from a couple of winemaking mates here in the Barossa, to blend with our fresh and luscious younger Topaque. This also allows us to have a collection of older material tucked away for the future. Some of this precious older material goes back to 1988.

“The Liquid Amber Topaque” 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. Enjoy with a special friend.

Winemaker: Wayne Dutschke
Vineyard: One single row of Topaque from “Semmler Brother’s” vineyard, I’m not sure about the rest.
Region: Barossa Valley
Varieties: Topaque (Muscadelle)
Alcohol: 18.0%
Oak Maturation: Aged in quarter casks, barriques (225 litres) and hogsheads (300 litres).


92 points – The Wine Advocate, Issue 205,
February 2013 (Lisa Perrotti-Brown)

Pale amber-brown in color, the NV The Topaque shows attractive dried fruit, apricot and sultana notes with touches of nuts, spice cake and some caramel and toffee nuances. Very big, full-bodied and rich, it has very sweet, toffee-nut flavors that hang on through the long finish. Drink it now.

90 points- Australian Wine Companion 2011
(James Halliday)

Pale golden-brown; younger than The Tawny, and has excellent varietal character in a tea leaf and toffee spectrum. Screwcap.

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