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Morris

www.morriswines.com

Mia Mia Rd, Rutherglen, 3685

Cellar Door: Mon - Sat (9-5), Sun (10-5)

Ph: (02) 6026 7303

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One of the great survivors of Victorian wine industry. It was established at Mia Mia in 1887 by Charles Morris, the son of G.F. Morris (who at the time was running the nearby Fairfield, the largest vineyard in the southern hemisphere).

After phylloxera destroyed Fairfield and much of the colonial market the Morris family focussed on the Mia Mia operation. Phylloxera did strike here, forcing the vines to be pulled and replanted in 1918 and 1920. The family continued to put out its fortified muscats and ports.

After Ricket and Coleman took over in 1971 (retaining Mick Morris in charge) the winery branched out to making some elegant table whites and powerful Shirazes and Durifs (as well as all those Orlando-Morris casks), and set up a cellar door.

It is owned by Orlando-Wyndham but David Morris is in charge of the wine-making. The super-complex dessert Rare Muscats and Tokays remain the best wines.

The winery has departed from the 4 tier fortifieds classification structure used by other Rutherglen producers. There are the now two levels - the varietal and the Old Premium.

Presumably the logic of the premium wine market means that few were prepared to pay for the second or third best tier.

The Old Premiums are consistently amongst the best in the Rutherglen - and hence the world!

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

Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, mahogany with olive-green coloured rim, intensely treacly and complex,  dried raisens, plumcake, sweet spices, toffee, rose petals, and many more, well developed rancio and integrated wood aspects, the acid is powerful and cleansing and is necessary to provide balance, the quality of this wine style unique to the Rutherglen and surrounds has been preserved despite the takeover by a multi-national beverage conglomerate (*****)

Morris Cellar Reserve Tawny NV

Purchased: Not ($50 for 500ml)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2016, lush and intense and spicy raisens, dried fig, dark chocolate and caramel with highly developed nutty rancio and integrated almond oak, well balanced acidity and moderately warming alcohol (18%) (****1/2)

Morris Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink:  2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, Gold Medal at Sydney Royal Wine Show 2014, still sticking with the historic Tokay name at the top tiers but using Topaque for the Classic tier, presumably this has to do with the export sales for the Classic,   the Topaque is the new EU-compliant name for fortified Tokay (so it isn't confused with the Hungarian botrytis sweet wine), not as super-concentrated and rancio-aged as the "Rsre" category but a big step up from the 'Classic' category, treacly and full of butterscotch, tea lest, caramel, malt and a range of sweet spices and mocha oak,  prodigious length and balanced refreshing acidity (*****)

Morris Mia Pale Flor Apera NV

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, Apera is the new EU-compliant name for dry sherry, it is a play on the word aperitif, this comes closest to an Amontilldo-style wine with briny lemon and apple flavours with walnut notes, viscous mid-palate and a bone dry finish with a touch of spirty warmth but all in good balance (****1/2)

Morris Rare Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($75)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, Fortified Wine of Show Trophy at Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2014, concentrated and treacly plum pudding, toffee, raisens, caramel, and exotic spices, vibrant citrussy acidity, some wood aged character, exceptional length (*****)

Morris Old Premium Muscat NV

Purchased: Stall at Federation Square Showcase ($65)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, deep olive-brown colour, super-complex, treacly raisens and full of sweet spices, molasses, toffee and rose petals, highly developed rancio complexity gives dark chocolate edge to the finish, well judged acidity and exceptional persistence (*****)

Morris Old Premium Tawny NV

Purchased: Not ($55)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, very intense, spicy and treacly raisens, dried fig, prunes, dark chocolate and caramel with complex nutty rancio and a touch of almondy oak, excellent acid balance and persistence (*****)

Morris Cellar Reserve Amontillado NV

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, this used to be called sherry but much is proabably better  than the stuff your mother might have kept in the kitchen (well at least my mum did),  salty walnut with orange zest, honey and caramel nuances with complex and well developed nutty rancio and grippy lemon acidity, good persistence (*****)

Morris Durif 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, inky colour, meaty and powerful showing dark plums, blueberry and prunes with cola, leather and rose petal notes, firm spine of powdery tannins, finishes savoury alongside the mocha chocolate/cedar oaking, one for the long haul (****)

Morris Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2019+

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, juicy, ripe and meaty showing dark plum and blueberries with seaweed and iodine notes,  the  toasty brown oak spices that create a fruitcake aspect,  slightly astringent chalky tannins firm up the back half (***1/2)

Morris Cinsault 2010

Purchased: Not ($22)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: June 2013, ripe and slightly firm edged blueberry tart and darks plum with liquorice, white pepper and leather notes, medium-full bodied with lively acid spine, there’s rich cinnamon/nutmeg/dark chocolate oak support, finishes with grippy, powdery tannins (***1/2)

Morris Old Premium Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($65)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting:  Nov 2012, olive-brown colour, very complex, treacly raisens, exotic sweet spice, molasses, toffee and rose petals, highly developed rancio complexity, good acidity and exceptional persistence (*****)

Morris Old Premium Rare Tawny NV

Purchased: Not ($50)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, intense and rich raisens, dried fig, almond, dark chocolate and caramel with complex, well developed nutty rancio and a sprinkling of all spice, very good acid balance and persistence (*****)

Morris Durif 2008

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, inky colour, raspberry entry leading to a powerful core of dark plum, blueberry and raisens with violet, cola and leather notes, firm and grippy tannins run through the palate, long savoury finish with some chocolate/cedar oak support (****)

Morris CHM Durif 2007

Purchased: Not ($70)

Drink: 2021+

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, very deep inky colour, named in honour of Mick (Charles Henry) Morris and made from their oldest vines, full bodied, meaty and plump with a sweet cherry-ripe entry leading to a dark plum and currant mid-palate with black olive and leather notes, grippy savoury tannins wrapped in cedar/dark chocolate oak, old school blockbuster that needs time to tame the tannins (****)

Morris Blue Imperial Cinsault 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Apr 2012, spicy, ripe and soft blueberry tart and dark plum with rhubarb, white pepper and leather notes, medium-full bodied with fresh acid balance and rich cinnamon/nutmeg/dark chocolate oak support (***1/2)

Morris Old Premium Amontillado NV

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, salty walnut with orange zest, honey and caramel nuances with very well developed nutty rancio and lively acidity, long and well balanced, will be called something else soon due to the EU trade agreement restriction of GI protected terms (*****)

Morris Old Premium Liqueur Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, deep mahogany-olive colour, very concentrated, viscous and treacly as this is effectively their Rare level release in the Rutherglen fortified classification, malt, molasses, butterscotch, tea leaf, caramel and exotic spices, impeccable length, depth and complexity (*****)

Morris Old Premium Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($68)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, deep olive-brown colour, very rich and concentrated and deep, raisens, exotic spice, molasses, toffee and rose petals, highly developed rancio complexity with savoury nuances, very long with lively acidity (*****)

Morris Old Premium Tawny NV

Purchased: Not ($49)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, complex and rich blackberry, raisen, dried fig, chocolate and caramel with very well developed nutty rancio and lively acidity, very good balance (*****)

Morris Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2011, earthy and medium bodied plum and glazed redcurrant with white pepper and leather notes, plump mid-palate but finishes a bit hollow, persistent firm and powdery tannins and spicy cedar oak (***)

Morris Durif 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, traditional, leathery and ripe plum, blackberry and fruitcake with some liquorice notes, earthy and full bodied palate, firm and slightly coarse grained tannins with creamy coffee from the seasoned oak (****)

Morris Cabernet 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: July 2010, smooth, ripe and meaty showing dark plum and prune with leather and toasty brown spices, firm and pliant tannins give some structure, seasoned French oak support (***)

Morris Blue Imperial Cinsault 2008

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: June 2010, meaty and spicy blueberry and redcurrant with some sweet prune and raisen aspects, slightly over-ripe medium-full bodied palate shows plenty of toasty cinnamon and clove spices, loose knit but gritty tannins with mocha-cedar oak, higher alcohol than the 2007 is indicative of the impact of vintage extreme heat (***)

Morris Old Premium Amontillado Sherry NV

Purchased: Not ($42)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, Top Gold, 2007 Sydney Royal Wine Show, made mainly from fortified Palomino grapes and allowed to develop under a film of flor yeast, blended from several vintages, this is the sort of sherry I would like show to people who have been put off by the negative connotations now associated with sherry, very rich and complex nutty/coffee rancio with orange rind, lime marmalade and vanilla aspects, a half star off for some slight coarseness in the finish despite the clean spirit but overall quality is unmistakeable (****1/2)

Morris Durif 2005

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, firm, meaty and ripe showing plum, blackberry and redcurrant with some leather and brown spice notes, fairly full bodied but not excessively alcoholic or extractive, mainly seasoned French oak with a pliant backbone of crunchy tannins (****)

Morris Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: May 2009, smooth traditional style but rather ripe with a fairly heavy up front extract, plum and cassis with mint and white pepper notes, medium-full bodied but the fruit finishes a little hollow, the mainly French oak brings toasty cedar and chocolate notes, persistent grainy tannins (***)

Morris Rutherglen Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, rich bouquet of intense raisened Muscat varietal fruit with spice and emerging rancio complexity, palate shows rich luscious flavours including caramel with a hint of wood dryness and refreshing lemon acidity (****)

Morris Rutherglen Liqueur Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, rich fortified toffee and malt with honey and butterscotch flavours, plenty of tea leaf and chistmas cake, slightly smoky wood dryness, well balanced acid (****)

Morris Blue Imperial 2004

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, Cinsault, spicy plum and blueberry with some raspberry nuances, smooth and medium bodied with some jamminess and a hollow finish, sweet coffee-cedar oak (***)

Morris Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: May 2008, rather broad peach and melon, oily and lemon butter, creamy vanilla oak with crisp finish (***)

Morris Durif 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2007, a powerful and meaty showing intense blackcurrant, dark plum and liquorice flavours, sweet but as jammy as the 2003, spicy with coffee-vanilla oak, firm dusty tannins (***1/2)

Morris Old Premium Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: July 2007, deep olive brown colour, lush and mouthfilling, treacly palate showing complex raisened fruit, oriental spices, plum pudding and toffee, extraordinary length (*****)

Morris Old Premium Rare Rutherglen Tokay NV

Purchased: Not ($62)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, deep olive-brown colour, super-complex toffee, sweet cake, tea leaf, apricot marmalade and butterscotch flavours, smoky rancio, lingering dry finish, doesn't get any better than this (*****)

Morris Old Premium Rare Rutherglen Muscat NV

Purchased: Not ($62)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2006, deep brown colour, super-rich and intense Muscat varietal fruit with spicy rancio complexity, palate shows rich luscious spicy plum pudding and toffee with a surprisingly dry fresh finish, great length (*****)

Morris Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not ($13)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, big and ripe melon and peach aromas, tangy and minerally palate, crisp finish, creamy vanilla oak, drink now style (***)

Morris Durif 2003

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, sweet, robust and concentrated blackcurrant with liquorice features, spicy and deep but some bitterness and prune features later on, firm dusty tannins (***)

Morris Blue Imperial (Cinsault) 2002

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: Sept 2006, 'blue imperial' variety is a synonym for Cinsault and has been grown at Morris since 1920, raspberry, blueberry and red cherries, light-medium bodied meaty palate is a bit hollow, soft, toasty cedar oak, slightly grainy tannins (***)

Morris Classic Rutherglen Liqueur Muscat NV

Purchased: Acland Cellars, St. Kilda ($16)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, made from Brown Muscat (clone of Muscat aux Petit Grains Rouge), rich bouquet of intense Muscat varietal fruit with spicy rancio complexity, palate shows rich luscious flavours with a hint of wood dryness and the winery's distinctive higher acid levels (****)

Morris Classic Rutherglen Liqueur Tokay NV

Purchased: Acland Cellars, St. Kilda ($16)

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, complex and rich fortified toffee and malty Tokay made from Muscadelle grapes, tea leaf, honey and butterscotch flavours, well balanced acid (****)

Morris Old Premium Tawny Port

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda

Drink: 2006

(GXY) Tasting: June 2005, rich and sweet port style, raisened currant fruit with touch of rancio, some chocolate on the palate, decent intensity and length (***)

Morris Durif 2001

Purchased: Safeways, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2010

Tasting: Not Reviewed Yet