Legacy of the Barossa Pedro Ximénez (95 Points) - Peter Malcolm

Posted December 23, 2013

Legacy of the Barossa Pedro Ximénez was reviewed at 95 Points by Peter Malcolm, of The Inquisitive Palate: "A white grape variety that is the foundation of sherry and other fortified wines from the south-west Spanish region of Andalusia, Pedro Ximénez (Pedro or PX) was brought to Australia in 1832 by that entrepreneurial figure James Busby. The variety has had to endure some confusion here with its non-identical twin Palomino, also used in the production of sherry. When blended with the latter, Pedro adds sweetness to some sherries but on its own produces wines that are considerably sweet and complex in character. 

Ripped out years ago in favour of mainstream varieties, Pedro Ximénez is now a rarity in Australia. It does well in warmer climes such as the valleys of the Swan, Clare and Barossa and Victoria's Rutherglen region. This wine is Barossa born and bred from a solera dating back to 1944 when present vigneron Carl Lindner's family first fortified the wine. With vines averaging 30 years of age - some that are even older - the partnership of local vignerons and the heirloom vines that make up Dandelion Vineyards, are a true legacy of terroir, history and family. 

A translucent bright copper brown colour in the glass. The nose is all perfumed aromas of fruit cake, coffee beans, roasted nuts and butterscotch that are enticing and warming to the nasal synapses. The palate attacks with lively, big time rich fruit cake flavours, coffee and caramel. Juicy dates, sultanas and figs are underpinned by a citrus lime acidity. It is quite intense yet has a refreshing edge to it that balances the wine beautifully. Tangy in the cheeks. Orange marmalade and a light honey middle. Very fine tannins throughout, syrupy and no cloying sweetness. An unctuously smooth texture overall with a long, dry persistent finish makes this Pedro an extraordinary drinking experience. Concentrated, seductive, luscious and classy.”

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