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An area steeped in history, vines came to Rutherglen with the gold rush of the 1850s. When the rest of Victoria went into a decline in the face of the move to fortified wine production, the north-east came into its own, notwithstanding the onslaught of phylloxera around the turn of the century. Grand brick buildings and wineries such as Fairfield, Mount Prior, All Saints and Gehrig Estate speak of the prosperity of late Victorian era, the glory days of the last third of the 19th century but so, too, do the humble galvanised iron wineries of present icons such as Morris and Chambers’ Rosewood. The climate is strongly continental, with very hot summer days and cold nights. The growing season can be threatened at one end by spring frosts that are exacerbated by cold air blowing down from the mountains to the south, and at the other end by the abrupt arrival of autumn rain. But when conditions are favourable, the exceptionally high sugar levels needed for fortified wines (and which power the full bodied red table wines) are attained. The great fortified wines for which the region is famous are grown on a band of loam on the lower slopes of the gentle local hills. Indeed, it is locally called Rutherglen loam, Read more »

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  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Muscat Blanc À Petits Grains

    History of the grape: From Greece, Muscat was brought into Crimea in the Soviet Union where it was spread into what i...

  • Muscadelle

    It is unclear how Muscadelle made its way to Australia. The country has been famous for its excellent sweet wines sin...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

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  • And when you do drink it, report back, please.  Rutherglen Liquer Muscat is certainly well thought of by Oz Clarke. Read More

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  • Dear Magtrev,indeed Saxonvale is long gone. I remember visiting them in 1982 ... the Muscat originates from Rutherglen, and it is now 40 to 60 years old, and hopefully is in drinkable condition, then it is actually worth a bit as a curio, perhaps at auction. About A$50 to A$200 depending on condition and the market that you auction it in.I wou... Read More

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  • DMCKER,there are a couple of Steven Harvey's in Australia, however I ... ... anything from Beechworth, Rutherglen fortifieds, Coonawarra Cabernet &Shiraz, Barossa reds, Eden Valey&Clare Vallety Riesling, Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, Chardonnay et al,Mclaren Vale reds, Margaret River Cabernet/Merlot, Chardonnay and SSB, Great Southern, Riesling,C... Read More

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  • I am another Aussie and I think you may have drunk your Leeuwin too young, or ... then a several day trip to Rutherglen, the Alpine Valleys, then fly to Canberra, and a few days tasting there, then fly to Sydney and off to the Hunter Valley for about 3 days. ... and you still will not have seen 1/2 of Australian wine. If you make it as far as ... Read More

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  • Rutherglen Muscat NV

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Buller Son R.L. & Tawny Port Victoria Fine NV

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    Wine review by Fruit of the Vine


  • Warning *relatively long post* Australian ports are more attractive price-wise ... emerges in my mind – Rutherglen. However in recent years, this region of immense historical richness has been enduring a marketing nightmare owing to the wrangles originating from EU agreements pertaining to traditional and geographical identifiers. Legally, the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Ports done Down Under


  • Morris Rutherglen Shiraz 2009

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    AUD$15. Intense black ruby colour. There is toasty oak right off the bat with that typical dessicated coconut which blows off soon. Beyond that, there is blackcurrant, plum and sweet spice. Silky texture, this dry, med+ full-bodied wine has fine grainy tannins and high acidity. Rich blackcurrant and black plum flavours, hint of dark chocolate o... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Stanton and Killeen Muscat NV

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    AUD$20. Clear, medium intensity dark mahogany colour (#8F3926 for you adobe people out there). A lovely bouquet, fresh and young, notes of caramelised figs, rose syrup and Asian gingered sweet soup. A lush dessert wine, somewhat light and not as thick in texture as other fortified wines. This is great to match with heavier desserts like blackfor... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Chambers Rosewood Muscat Rutherglen Grand NV

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    perfect with warm compote of fruit and vanilla bean ice-cream in front of a log fire Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108


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