What a wealth of great wines we have in this country that we don’t fully appreciate. This is 20 year old Topaque. This is a wine that took 20 years to make and is selling for about one-third of what it is really worth. But don’t let that stop you, so many great flavours of raisins, plums, prunes, flint, citrus rind, floral, grapes, white chocolate… It really changes every time you smell it. The palate is quite sweet but savoury and dense at the same time. The flavour lingers for a long time. Truly complex and lovely to drink. 20 year old Topaque can be served on its own, or can be paired with quality chocolate.
Is it a place? A frame of mind? Attainable by the beardless? These are but some of the questions to ponder while enjoying these wines. Curated and sometimes blended by The Wine Depository owner Philip Smith. Whatever your facial hair situation you are guaranteed to get a wine that offers value and flavour well beyond compare.
The home of beautiful fortified wines that are world-renowned. Also capable of making amazing full-bodied red wines. Notable amongst them is Durif, but some of the Iberian varieties are gaining favour here too.
Made from Muscadelle which is reminiscent of the Muscat grapes but not related. Topaque used to be called Tokay and is a style of wine unique to Australia and generally Rutherglen. It is a fortified wine that ages in the warm cellars that slowly oxidises and cooks the wines which creates their unique flavours. Once bottled they don’t improve with age but they can be opened and enjoyed over 6-12 months easily.