This small producer in the Swan Valley turns out some marvellous fortified wines but also some impressive table wines, notably a relatively rare variety for WA, the Spanish grape, Graciano. The tasting room has shifted from the winery shed to a refurbished cottage where polished floors and lovely wooden tables and chairs provide a welcoming atmosphere. Wines can also be purchased by the glass and consumed in the tasting room or the veranda area. Disappointingly the Tempranillo, of which I was a fan, is apparently no longer being made (although there are a few bottles still for sale – it is well worth grabbing one of two).
Talijancich Verdelho 2012
This is quite unlike other Verdelho produced in the Valley. It has an intense and complex nose, with texture and complexity imparted to the wine by extended contact with the lees – this obviates the need to oak. These are typically long lived wines, changing over time to a rich honeyed wine, with a long finish. (91)
The wine is a lovely crimson, with plummy spice on the bouquet. There is an abundance of juicy fruit flavours on the mid palate, with some savoury characteristics. Tannins are supple and the oak adds some complexity to the fruit. It has a long finish and should cellar well in the medium term. (91)
Julian James White Liqueur
This is a beautiful deep golden colour, a blend of Pedro Ximenes, Verdelho and Tokay. It has a luscious aroma of nuts and toffee. On the palate it is extraordinarily complex, rich and multi-layered, with burnt toffee and raisin notes. It has a long and satisfying finish. It is a very good wine indeed. (95)
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