Barossa Valley Wines – Dutschke Pedro Ximenez NV (500ml)
Pedro Ximénez (PX) was a grape variety in Wally’s vineyard, one of the two main grape varieties grown in the southern wine area of Jerez, Spain, where Sherry is produced. The other major variety is Palomino. Both are relatively high yielding white grapes that love to grow in warm, dry conditions, so they are suited perfectly to growing in the Barossa Valley wines as well as southern Spain.
92 points – James Halliday Wine Companion 2020
It’s somewhat bittersweet to read the Pedro Ximénez was planted in the 1920s and ‘30s, and while fruit for this fortified comes from the ‘05 and ’06 vintages, those vines are now gone. What’s left a tribute with this tawny-hued elixir. A heady mix of fruitcake, prunes soaked in brandy, malt and toffee. It’s rich and very sweet, not overly complex but a lovely drink.
90 points – James Suckling 2019
A supple and quite youthful style with round, mouth-filling, dried glacé-fruit, malt and light honey notes. Drink now.