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Rutherglen Muscat NV
History As with most great stories the history behind the Muscats of Rutherglen is more than a happy combination of geographical location, personalities and opportunities. Vision, tenacity, passion, and plain old hard work have forged Rutherglen’s inimitable status as the home of the world’s richest wines. In spite of very different climatic conditions and soils, lack of water and distance from traditional markets, early German and British settlers planted vines in the gently undulating country abutting the Murray River in north East Victoria . Wines from the district were attracting international attention as early as the 1860s with their successes at various European exhibitions. In fact, one winery, All Saints Estate, won Australia’s first international Gold Medal in London in 1868. A number of these original families still maintain a strong presence in Rutherglen. Traditions stretching over four, five, sometimes six generations are common in this district and the families, like the wine, have become uniquely Australian in flavour and ownership. Grape variety There are about 200 Muscat varieties, but only one is used to make Rutherglen Muscat – the high quality Muscat a petit grains Rouge, or Brown Muscat as it is known locally. Rutherglen Muscat – is the foundation of the style; displaying the fresh raisin aromas, rich fruit, clean spirit and great length of flavour on the palate which are the mark of all the Muscats of Rutherglen. Average age 2-5 years. Residual sweetness 180-240 grams per litre.
The wineries of the Rutherglen Wine Region and North East Victoria are the state’s most popular destination for winery visitors and Campbells is one of the top 10 most visited wineries in Victoria.
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Rutherglen Muscat
This wine is so intensely textured and flavored, you?ve got to brace yourself. Packed with ultra sweet honey, peach, dried apricot, toast, walnut, coffee, caramel, licorice and sesame notes, it holds onto the palate with bright acidity and length. Massive.
The Non-Vintage Rutherglen Muscat is amber-colored with an alluring perfume of apricot and dried fruits, caramel, and toffee. Full-bodied (17.5% alcohol), sweet, and complex, it is also a great value. Copper-gold color. Deep, rich and dark in fruit tones on the nose, suggesting black toffee, plum preserves and cherry pit. Broad, sweet and complex, the fruit-driven flavors running from apricot to cherry. Rich on the finish but also juicy and penetrating, with impressive clarity and length. Sweet, spicy and reasonably complex, offering dusky plum, exotic spice and Darjeeling tea aromas and flavors. The spice and tea flavors linger on the rich, extensive finish. Drink now. 2,200 cases imported. -HS
Orange-tinged amber. Rich and toasty on the nose, with dark toffee, cherry and singed orange peel. Fat and viscous, with sweet orange, caramel and dark honey flavors. Finishes with notes of bourbon and vanilla.
This sweet, silky Muscat is nicely filled out with flavors of roasted walnut, coffee, clove, nutmeg and lychee, persisting enticingly on the finish. Drink now.
Sweet and spicy, this is fragrant with coffee, walnut and chocolate overtones to the vague cherry flavors, lingering nicely on the balanced finish. Drink now.
Less complex that the Tokay, but more effusively fruity and sweet, this dessert wineandrsquo;s mix of citrus, melon and spice aromas fill the room with delicious perfume. Rich as it is, thereandrsquo;s a vein of acidity that piques the appetite, making this wine as suitable before dinner, with pate or cheeses, as after.
Less complex that the Tokay, but more effusively fruity and sweet, this dessert wine’s mix of citrus, melon and spice aromas fill the room with delicious perfume. Rich as it is, there’s a vein of acidity that piques the appetite, making this wine as suitable before dinner, with pate or cheeses, as after.
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