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All Saints

www.prbwines.com.au

All Saints Rd, Wahgunyah, 3687

Cellar Door: Mon - Sat (9-5.30), Sun (10 -5.30); St. Leonards: Fri-Sun (10-5)

Ph: (02) 6035 2222

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All Saints is one of the world's great fortified wine producers.

All Saints Estate was established in 1864, by two enterprising Scots, George Sutherland Smith and John Banks. The Scottish replica castle was built in 1880s.

By the end of the 19th century had All Saints Estate became the largest wine storage facility in the southern hemisphere, and remains an icon of Victoria's history.

The Great Hall, the main wine storage hall, is lined with huge 100 year old oak casks, which are filled with rare Tokays and Muscats. Some of the fortifieds are up to 80 years old, These will form the basis of future blends with younger material.

The wines are amongst Australia's and the world's greatest, internationally extolled for their richness and "lushiousness". All Saints Estate won the first gold medal for Australian wine in 1873 at the London International Exhibition. The winery produces all four quality levels of Rutherglen fortifieds: Rutherglen, Classic, Grand and Rare.

Another famous wine is from the 80 year old Shiraz vines on the banks of the River Murray. The winery makes the Rutherglen's distinctive Durifs, has a large planting of Marsanne as well as producing the familiar varieties (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon).

Owner, Peter Brown (also part of Brown Brothers), died tragically in a motor-cycle crash in November 2005.

Ownership has passed to his three children: Eliza (CEO), Angela and Nicholas.

There is a second cellar at St.Leonards overlooking a Murray lagoon.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

New reviews

All Saints Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, 12-14 year old average age in the solera, Brown Muscat (a clone of Muscat Blanc a Petit Grains), expansive glazed raisens, butterscotch, toffee and musk with mocha chocolate on the finish, refreshing vibrant citric acid finish, warm 17%  alcohol finish (****)

All Saints Marsanne 2015

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting:  Dec 2015, moderately viscous lemon barley, lime, melon and yellow peach with honeysuckle and almond notes, chalky finish with deceptively soft acid, it will actually last a few years in the cellar (***1/2)

All Saints Durif 2011

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, in a lighter medium bodied format given the cold vintage (only 13% alcohol) but shows a nice core of juicy blueberry and black cherry fruit with a touch of anise and mint, spicy mocha-coffee oak with some grainy tannic grip on the finish (****)

All Saints St. Leonards Cabernet Franc 2013

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014, this is in light and breezy style, almost reminiscent of Beuajalois (which is made from Gamay) rather than Cabernet, silky redcurrants and mulberry with a dusting of garden herbs and mint, the oaking is barely perceptible, tannins are very fine and open knit, a red to drink slightly chilled in the current heatwave hitting SE Australia (***1/2)

All Saints Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2014,  floral nose, showing red apple, orange peel and lime blossom and brown spice notes, broad and plump palate with powdery phenolics, a lick of wet stone and crisp lemony acidity on the finish, solid varietal expression for the region (***)

All Saints Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, this is the entry level to the more intense Grand and Rare tiers but still has plenty of richness and concentration, treacly tea leaf, malt, toffee, wood smoke and spicy fruit cake, long with vibrant citric peel acidity (****)

All Saints Marsanne 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, four months barrel ferment, dry and moderately textured with lemon, peach and honeysuckle flavours and a touch of almond , soft citric acid finish (***1/2)

All Saints Pierre 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, smooth and medium bodied blackcurrant and redcurrant with rose petal, menthol, white pepper and green olive notes, good length with dusty savoury tannins (***1/2)

All Saints Alius II 2009

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, once again the mystery blend is actually co-fermented 95% Shiraz and 5% Muscadelle, silky medium-full bodied blackberry and redcurrant with lavender, and white pepper notes, underlying earthiness with fine but chewy savoury tannins and a hint of citrus rind on the finish (***1/2)

All Saints Sangiovese Cabernet 2009

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, 70% Sangiovese/30% Cabernet produce a sweet/savoury contrast, medium bodied and fleshy plum and blackcurrant with white pepper and olive notes, back half is infused with chalky savoury tannins and a hint of anise, mocha/cedar oak support (***1/2)

All Saints Alias II 2007

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, the mystery blend is actually 95% Shiraz and 5% Muscadelle, this is an old school blend more widely seen before the Shiraz Viognier blends of the 1990s, silky medium-full bodied blackberry and blackcurrant with menthol, white pepper, herb and toasty brown spice, some fine but chewy tannins and a whiff of citrus on the finish (***1/2)

All Saints St. Leonard Walgunyah Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2011, based very loosely on the Ripasso della Valpolicella style (the dry red version of the Venetian wine where the grape juice is poured over sun-dried grape skins to pick up some residual sweetness, the sweeter versions include the sun-racked grapes), savoury, meaty and deep set blackberry and dark plum with white pepper, cinnamon and dark chocolate, velvety mouth feel, quite ripe with rustic nuances but not stewed, fine but drying tannins, slightly brandied finish from the 15% alcohol (****)

All Saints Grand Tokay NV

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, St.Kilda ($48)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, dark olive-brown colour, average age of this mid-tier level solera mix is twenty years, much more concentrated, intense and treacly, burnt toffee, tea leaf, chocolate and spicy plum cake with very long citric acidity (****1/2)

All Saints Rutherglen Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, average age of this base level solera mix is eight years, treacly tea leaf, tobacco, butterscotch, toffee and spicy fruit cake, long with vibrant citric peel acidity (****)

All Saints Rutherglen Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, average age of this base level solera mix is eight years, glazed raisen, musk, toffee and spicy citric rind acids, well balanced refreshing acidity with mocha-chocolate on the lingering finish (****)

All Saints Durif 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, inky colour, ripe and meaty plum, blackberry and liqueur cherry with white pepper and anise notes, medium-full bodied with ample spicy vanilla-coffee oak, some coarseness in the tannic backbone but somewhat submerged into the creamy US and French oak (***1/2)

All Saints Sangiovese Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, 70% Sangiovese/30% Cabernet, medium bodied, a little plumper and riper than your usual super-Tuscan, smooth plum and blackcurrant with white pepper and olive notes, back half is infused with chewy savoury tannins, attractive food wine (***1/2)

All Saints Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, old vines, minimal fining and filtration, early drinking, earthy and medium bodied, smooth and plummy with redcurrant, dried herb liqueur cherry nuances, supple and fine grained tannins, creamy caramel-vanilla oak from the US and French oak (***)

All Saints Marsanne 2009

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, soft, dry and lighter bodied with lemon, peach and honeysuckle with light mineral and talc and a tangy citric acid finish (***)

All Saints Rare Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($140)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, fortified Muscadelle from a fifty year old solera, incredibly powerful, concentrated and complex, almost restrained entry leads into explosion of flavour, spicy molasses, marmalade and butterscotch with tea leaf, malt and smoky walnut aspects, highly developed rancio and perfectly balance acids (*****)

All Saints Grand Muscat

Purchased: Prince Wine Store, South Melbourne ($51 for 375 ml) but normally $65

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, fortified, based on the local historic ‘’brown Muscat” variant of Muscat Blanc A Petit Grains, very rich, treacly and concentrated spicy raisens, burnt toffee, honeycomb and X-mas pudding with very well developed rancio and a long backbone of vibrant acidity (****1/2)

All Saints Rare Rutherglen Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($110)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, deep brown-olive colour, complex and super-concentrated, glorious explosion of raisened muscat, treacle, toffee, spices and christmas pudding combining many decades old solera stock with newer material keeping it fresh, lingering finish is an understatement (*****)

All Saints Durif 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, deep blackcurrant and dark plum with liquorice notes, spicy and medium-full bodied palate, a bit blocky but has good length, balanced coffee-chocolate oak support (***1/2)

All Saints Sangiovese Cabernet 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, fruit driven Australian twist on the “super-Tuscan” style showing ripe plum, blackcurrant and mint, the Sangiovese brings savoury complexity, smooth dark chocolate finish, pleasant medium bodied food wine, just needs some more length on the finish (***)

All Saints Chardonnay Viognier 2006

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, refreshing peach, melon and apricot, the Viognier adds texture and mid palate spice, oily with a crisp finish (***)

All Saints Classic Rutherglen Tokay NV

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton, ($30)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, powerful toffee, butterscotch aromas, hints of tea and smoke on the intense and lingering palate, some staleness in the mix (***1/2)

All Saints Estate Family Cellar Durif 2003

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, inky black colour, intense blackcurrant with liquorice notes, sweet and full boded with toasty cedar-vanilla, balanced tannins, lingering hot finish (***1/2)

All Saints Estate Family Cellar Marsanne 2004

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, spicy pear and tropical fruits, a bit twee, framed with lots of sweet vanilla oak, dry finish (**1/2)