Recently I wrote up a fabulously taut, mineral Margaret River Chardonnay from Gralyn Estate (see here). It’s hard to reconcile that wine and their very good but very straight-backed reds with rectitude with Gralyn’s speciality – fortified wines.
It’s a category historically associated with the hotter, drier (older) Swan District, located some distance north of Margaret River – I’m a big fan of its complex luscious liqueur fortifieds, especially from Talijancich and John Kosovich.
Not that the lack of tradition has held back Gralyn. They’ve pioneered fortified wines in Margaret River since 1978 and make no less than eight wines: the White Fortified, Pink Fortified, White Chocolate Fortified, Chocolate Ruby Fortified, Vintage Fortified, Tawny Fortified, Pedro Ximenez and Artizan.
A half bottle of the prettily packaged Artizan (pictured) arrived with the Chardonnay and I must say it was delectable. Here’s my note:
Gralyn Estate Artizan (Margaret River)
This blend of Muscat , Pedro Ximenez and Tokay (average age 17 years) is a reddish amber hue with a saffron rim. It shows butterscotch, caramel and dried fruits to the nose. In the mouth its luscious, fully sweet and spicy too, with panforte dried fruits and almonds, liquorice and a rich, round, buttery macademia nuttiness to the finish. With a sustained (and sustaining!) finish, it’s sweet but well balanced and went down very well with a bar of butterscotch chocolate. 18%