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Snooth User: magtrev

Can someone help me identify an old bottle

Posted by magtrev, May 22, 2014.

I know nothing about this bottle as it was given to me from someone who had it given to them and on and on.

The bottle itself has no label on it, is just plain with a wax stopper, however there is a tag hanging from the wax which seems pretty old.

i have attached some images of the tag and if anyone can tell me anything about it that would be great.

as you can see from the pictures, it's a muscat from saxonvale estate in hunter valley. from my research the saxonvale estate no longer seems to exist with some of the original land being absorbed by vinyards around it  but that is all i can find out.




Reply by outthere, May 23, 2014.

Not much info out there. Saxonvale seems to have been in existence from the mid-1980's through 1990's. Cab, Shiraz, Cab/Shiraz, Merlot, Sémillon, Chardonnay and obviously a Muscat. My simple thought are if it were special there would be more wine out there, there would be some critical reviews in the wines and likely the bottle you have would already be empty. Then again a sweet Muscat should age well and you could have an enjoyable wine on your hands. It's not going to pay for a. Hawaiian vacation, that's for sure.

Just my 2¢

Reply by Wineogre, May 25, 2014.

Dear Magtrev,

indeed Saxonvale is long gone. I remember visiting them in 1982 and having an enjoyable after lunch wine tasting. Semillon, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet. Hope Estate took over the winery and most of the vineyards in 1996. If the attached tag is true, and 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 would be inclined to just drink it, with friends, after a big evening meal, by the fire (it is nearly winter here), perhaps with some cheese or chocolate.

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 27, 2014.

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

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