Stanton and Killeen Muscat NV
Rutherglen lies in undulating countryside, where the hills of Australia's great dividing range meet fertile plains of the Murray Valley. Hilltops of quartz gently fall away to bands of well-drained red loam on the lower slopes and it is here the vines of Rutherglen's great fortified wines are grown. Rutherglen has a Mediterranean climate, with long, dry summers stretching lazily into warm, golden autumns - ideal for ripening grapes to sugar levels way up on the Baume scale. Fifteen to seventeen degrees Baume is normal; an exceptionally good autumn can produce the astonishing levels of twenty degrees Baume, and beyond. Rows of huge, venerable casks have matured countless vintages of muscat, and a huge range of red and white table wines at Rutherglen - an ideal area for producing a full range of still table wines and fortified dessert wines. Classic Rutherglen Muscat - a maturing style blended from selected parcels of Muscat, to impart greater levels of richness and complexity, with the beginnings of 'rancio' characters produced from the maturation in wood. This luscious solera style fortified wine displays medicinal flavours of toffee, Seville orange, cocoa bean and coffee.
Stanton and Killeen are a privately owned sixth generation winery specialising in full bodied red wines and premioum well crafted fortified wines best known for their Vintage Port made from traditional Portuguese varieties
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 blackforest cake or roasted walnuts and fruit cake. 17.5% alc, don’t be too enticed, overstocking is a sin!