Deep walnut-gold, with slight copper and dark olive hues. Wonderfully intense and complex bouquet with rich layers of wood-age characters and faint hints of fruit. Characters of coffee, dark chocolate, walnut, black tea leaf, cardamom, nutmeg, raisins, dried orange rind, dried paw-paw, dried pears, orange peel, and treacle. This is a decadent wine with generous and intense layers of flavour and a luscious textural palate with a fresh, sweet finish.
Founded in 1858 by William Chambers and situated just one kilometre west of Rutherglen, on the Corowa road. The original vineyards which were replanted after phylloxera attacked the area in the late 1890's now have some irrigation, and produce low tonnages with wonderful concentrated flavour. Rosewood's fifth generation winemaker Bill Chambers OAM, handed over to son Stephen in 2001. The proud tradition of winemaking continues from the rich old fortified wines made in the early 1900s by great grandfather Will Chambers who started off the wonderful Tokay and Muscat blends which today are renowned throughout the world. The Rare Muscat and Rare Tokay consistently receive perfect, 100 out of 100 scores from the influential wine writer Robert Parker Junior of the Wine Spectator who refers to Bill as the "Master of the Fortified wine business of Australia".
JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Dark olive-brown; clings to the glass; burnt butterscotch, spices of every kind, cold tea, old cedar desk aromas, the list goes on. Amazing balance. It makes you wonder why muscat gets all the attention.
Spice and cardamon with hints of tobacco. This wine is driven by oxidative barrel aging instead of fresher fruit. Very long finish. Compelling stuff.
GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE MAGAZINE
Deep tawny colour with vanilla pod, coffee, and caramel aromatics, A toffee mocha palate with an elegant, lingering finish.